It must be so hard making $1.5 million dollars a year. Admittedly, it might be if you were supposed to make $4.375 million, as the New York Giants’ Mathias Kiwanuka was supposed to before he signed on for considerably less money with the team.
“If we are going to be playing on these contracts, make them contracts,” Kiwanuka told The Star-Ledger Tuesday. “Either that or everyone sign a one-year deal every year and we’ll do it that way. It’s not fair to be locked in somewhere and have that place say that we’ve decided not to honor the rest of the deal. I don’t think it is a contract by definition if one side can opt out of it at any point and the other has no recourse.”
Unfortunately, Kiwanuka signed the contract that did not guarantee him the money; that’s the NFL world he lives in. Kiwanuka’s situation is particularly difficult, as he could have tested the market in free agency, but because his wife was getting ready to birth his child in April, he decided to stay in New York for his ninth season.
“You want to expect that that is the deal, but you’re naive if you think that is what is going to happen. That’s the reality of the situation. That is the reality of the league. I don’t agree with it at all, but these are the rules that we agreed upon. So we could either play or watch.”
Kiwanuka may be made to adjust on the field as well this season. With Jon Beason out with a foot injury, Kiwanuka may have to contribute at line backer and step back from the line of scrimmage. However, he has grown accustomed to that sort of change, as he has been a versatile player his whole career.