Uani 'Unga, who came out of nowhere to briefly become the Giants starting middle linebacker in 2015, officially became an ex-Giant on Wednesday when he was waived after a lost year.
The 29-year-old 'Unga was waived with a "failed physical" designation after spending the entire 2016 season on injured reserve. He was placed on the list after he was waived/injured in May following the team's rookie mini-camp. His injury was never disclosed.
'Unga was one of the more intriguing stories of the 2015 season. He was an undrafted tryout player in 2014 when the Giants signed him to their practice squad for the final six days of that season. They not only kept him around, but the next summer - thanks to an injury to linebacker Jon Beason - he emerged as their starter.
He finished 2015 with 59 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles, but he had lost his job to Jasper Brinkley by the end of the year and was battling a neck injury. Then last offseason, the Giants reinforced their linebacking corps by signing veteran Keenan Robinson and Kelvin Shepard and drafting B.J. Goodson in the fourth round, making 'Unga a longshot again.
'Unga was due a salary of $615,000 in 2017.