Spagnuolo has mostly had a good track record in bringing in his former players to fill needs for the Rams. The success of Fred Robbins stands out. James Butler has been a useful role player, while Craig Dahl became a solid starting strong safety. Yeah, there's the Kevin Dockery thing, but nobody bats 1.000, right? That said, there's one name to keep an eye on when/if the free agent season rolls around this year, a current member of the New York Giants that might be an intriguing fit for the Rams: Mathias Kiwanuka.
The 27-year-old's season ended early this year, after three games and four sacks, when a herniated disc in his neck landed him on injured reserve. It's actually a pretty serious injury, which means his health could be a factor, but he is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this year.
Earlier in the year, Kiwanuka had expressed frustration about some playing time issues (he wanted to be a starter) and a contract extension, which made his departure from New York a possibility. There's still a question about whether or not he'll be able to play in 2011, and GM Jerry Reese has speculated that a one-year deal to see how he's recovered from his injury is their most likely approach to bringing him back. Might a certain former defensive coordinator be able to persuade Kiwi away from a one-year offer in New York?
This post at Big Blue View has the complete run down of Giants players set for free agency this year.