Giants Acquire LB Rivers from Bengals for 5th Round Pick.

Posted: April 11, 2012 by Rob Barros in NFL, Sports

The New York Giants have acquired linebacker Keith Rivers from the Cincinnati Bengals for a 5th round draft pick in 2012. From 2008-2010, Rivers has played in 35 games, recording 186 combined tackles, 2 sacks, and 2 interceptions. Rivers, who is going into his 5th season in the NFL, missed the entire 2011 season after undergoing wrist surgery in the offseason. Even with Rivers’ past injuries, this trade makes sense for the Giants. After losing starting linebacker Jonathan Goff to injury last season, the Giants started rookies Greg Jones, and Jacquain Williams at different times during the season. While both played well at times, the Giants were lacking a veteran presence until Chase Blackburn came back to the Giants in Week 13. This deal should be one of those low risk, high reward type of trades, as the Giants are only giving up a 5th round pick, which is the last pick in the round for a former 9th overall pick. The Giants also have two 4th round picks this season, thanks to a compensatory pick they received after losing Kevin Boss, Steve Smith, and Barry Cofield, and signing Steve Weatherford and David Bass in 2011. Giving up the last pick in the 5th round had to have been a no-brainer for Giants General Manager, Jerry Reese. If Rivers is fully recovered from his injury, and will be ready for the 2012 season, he would be the most likely candidate to start at middle linebacker, with Michael Boley and Mathias Kiwanuka playing alongside him.

Being a Giants fan, I really like this trade, and I believe having 3 veteran linebackers starting next season will make the Giants defense much better. This will also give the young linebackers on the team, such as Williams, Jones, and Mark Herzlich more time to get better and give the Giants plenty of depth at the linebacker position. Giants fans, what do you think of the trade?

Other Giants news: Giants sign Offensive Tackle Sean Locklear.

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