Giants DE Mathias Kiwanuka Mulled Holdout

Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger reports that like New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, New York Giants defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka discussed a training camp holdout with his agent.

In 58 career games, the 6-5, 265-pound defensive end has 211 tackles and 19.5 quarterback sacks, including a career-high 8 in 2008. Unlike Revis, or Giants teammate Steve Smith, Kiwanuka hasn't played well enough to gain a Pro Bowl nod, and is not assured of a starting role in 2010, giving him very little leverage in a contract dispute.

The "30% Rule" would complicate Kiwanuka's quest for a long-term contract, as his "salary number" (base salary, option bonus proration, roster/workout bonuses) could only increase by 30% of his 2009 salary number, or $467,625 per season. This would require the presence of a large signing bonus, which the Giants don't appear willing to do at this time.

Kiwanuka will earn $1.776 million in base salary in 2010, the final year of the 2006 first-round pick's rookie contract.

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