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Mathias Kiwanuka, free agency and the Spagnuolo connection

You can make educated guesses about the St. Louis Rams free agent moves just by knowing which former members of the New York Giants or Philadelphia Eagles are or will be free agents.

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.