Kiwanuka finally looked comfortable at linebacker last season, and he was a key cog in the Giants' defense. He totaled an impressive 84 tackles to go along with 3.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one interception. If he can continue to play at this high level, Jerry Reese has made a smart move in locking him up.
The obvious fallout from this is what it means in terms of the Osi Umenyiora situation. Although Kiwanuka is technically a linebacker now, he is often used to rush the passer, and is always one injury away from being shifted back to the defensive line. Umenyiora can't be happy that Kiwanuka is being extended while he is not.
The intriguing thing about the Kiwanuka deal is that it actually happened a few days ago, but was not announced. It is almost as if the Giants didn't want Umenyiora to find out...
Kiwanuka will make $950,000 in 2012, $2.95M in 2013, $4.375 in 2014 and $4.775 in 2015.