A week or so ago GM Jerry Reese stated that their was still some moves left in free agency, and while most people thought he meant keeping some of his own players, Jerry surprised everyone again by reaching out of the organization and filling some holes.
“The Cincinnati Bengals have traded linebacker Keith Rivers to the New York Giants in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the upcoming draft, according to NFL Network.”
Rivers was the ninth overall pick in the 2008 draft, but injuries have kept him from fulfilling his potential. He missed 13 games during his first three seasons, and missed all of last season because of a wrist injury. The Bengals deemed Rivers expendable after re-signing Manny Lawson earlier this month.
Rivers plays outside linebacker, and the Giants hope he will add depth and flexibility to their linebacker corps. Adding Rivers may allow the Giants to move Michael Boley from outside linebacker to the middle. Either way it adds veteran depth with great potential to the defense at the cost of a low round draft pick. The Giants have two 4th round picks this year, so trading the 5th rounder really has no effect on their draft plans.
Welcome to the Super Bowl Champion New York Football Giants Keith. We looK forward to watching you grow.