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Giants free agency: Ex-Giant LB Spencer Paysinger signs with Miami Dolphins

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Backup linebacker is a good special teams player.

Spencer Paysinger
Spencer Paysinger
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Former New York Giants linebacker Spencer Paysinger, whose primary contribution in 2014 came on special teams, has found a new home with the Miami Dolphins.

Paysinger, an undrafted free agent out of Oregon, spent four years with the Giants. He apparently fell out of favor with defensive coordinator Perry Fewell last season, starting only one game and playing only 81 defensive snaps. In 2013, Paysinger started 10 games and played 707 defensive snaps.

What Paysinger's loss means for the Giants

Not much, really. It became obvious a while ago that the Giants were moving on without Paysinger and Jacquian Williams. They have already filled the linebacker position by re-signing Mark Herzlich and adding J.T. Thomas and Jonathan Casillas in free agency.

What is harder to understand is why Paysinger fell out of favor with the Giants in the first place. Paysinger played pretty well for the Giants in 2013 in his first truly extended defensive playing time, earning an acceptable 0.3 PFF grade. The Giants trusted him enough to have him call the defensive signals prior to the arrival of Jon Beason. Yet, while the defense struggled in 2014 Williams, then Herzlich, played while Paysinger did not.