Bengals could be trading Keith Rivers to Giants

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As we try to muddle through the lull between free agency and the full-throttle ramping up of interest in the draft, there’s nothing like a trade rumor to keep things interesting.

From Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger comes word of murmurs that the Giants may be acquiring linebacker Keith Rivers from the Bengals.

The ninth pick in the 2008 draft, Rivers missed all of 2011 with a wrist injury.  He also missed nine games as a rookie after getting blown up by Hines Ward.  (Rivers at least got a vote for AP defensive rookie of the year, despite appearing in only seven games.)  For the two seasons in between, Rivers started 13 games in 2009 and 13 games in 2010.

As Garafolo points out, the return of Manny Lawson and the presence of Thomas Howard make Rivers expendable in Cincinnati.  The Giants, in turn, need linebackers — even though they’d have to do some shuffling if Rivers would be brought in to play the weak side.

The bigger question will be compensation.  Last month, the Eagles secured Pro Bowl middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans from the Texans for a fourth-round pick and flip-flopping of third-rounder choices.  Rivers has a better draft pedigree but less of a career than Ryans.  The Bengals may not get much, if they indeed will be moving on by moving Rivers out.

34 responses to “Bengals could be trading Keith Rivers to Giants

  1. I’d support Fat Andy getting Rivers too, if it takes a 3rd or so. Rivers and Ryans would SIGNIFICANTLY upgrade the LB core in Philly.

  2. I had high hopes for him when he was drafted. He seems like a good player, but the injuries limited him and didn’t see him become a star like was hoped.

  3. Rivers is a good athlete but has had an issue with staying healthy. A trade to another team may give him the fresh start he needs. The Bengals need fair compensation but not over the top due only to his draft position a few years back.

  4. If the Giants trade doesnt work out, we can always trade him to the Raiders for 2 first round picks. Actually, Rivers is way better than Carson…. maybe we should ask for 3 first round picks.

  5. Rivers says he’ll agree to this trade, provided it be made retroactive by one year.

  6. Yea, the compensation won’t be much on Rivers (maybe a 6th).

    I would be so upset if they wrote an article about me getting blown up by Hines Ward!

  7. Keith Rivers and Bart Scott were never quite the same after getting blown up by Hines Ward.

    Hard to intimidate when a receiver puts you on your back.

  8. Let’s hope so. This would be a low risk move with some upside. I like it Jerry. You’ve got my stamp of approval.

  9. if i were the eagles i’d give their other 4th rounder for rivers, 2 proven lbers for 4th round picks. better then wasting them on undersized guys who havent even proven themselves in the league

  10. “better draft pedigree” That doesn’t matter, 90% of the runningbacks in the NFL have a better “draft pedigree”than Arian Foster. Production is what matters and Rivers has not produced better then Ryan or period. Hence the Bengals will get what they can..conditional future pick i.e. 7th rounder.

  11. Rivers is a solid linebacker. Bengals would only need him for depth. It would be a solid pickup for Philly though.

  12. I thought all traded players had to go to the Eagles? All drafted players too … and all free agents.

  13. I just don’t get it. Maybe I need some fifth grade reading help. The article is about the Bengals trading with the Giants and there are all the comments about the Eagles. Why not throw in a few Jets comments as well; they are included in everything else, like they are important at all.

  14. “He also missed nine games as a rookie after getting blown up by Hines Ward. ”

    AKA taking a dirty hit by Wines Hard but we’re not going to call it that.

  15. They wanted Manningham; luckily we didn’t trade him cause we got another superbowl because of his circus catches.

    Now? We showed interest then, we could move boley to the Mike LB, and he was instrumental in managing our D. Rivers be good weakside, and we have williams to back him up if it doesn’t work out.

    I’d hope we’d only have to give up a 5th or 6th rounder to get him.

  16. Why are you guys talking about the eagles if any of you care to read and I know that’s hard to do if the trade goes down it will be between the Bengals and the giants not the eagles there just saying what the eagles gave up for ryans I know reading is a lost art.

  17. Boley-middle kiwi-sam-rivers/jwill weakside ill take dat then when nascar comes in boley- mike jwill -sam rivers-weakside jerry just do it

  18. I had high hopes for him as a rookie but he’s had some bad luck..I blame Hines Ward. I’m curious to see what tenet can get for him WHO DEY

  19. We are talking about the Eagles because they were mentioned in this post AND because the Eagles still need help at LB.

    That being said, if the rumors are true and the Eagles are going to trade Asante for a draft pick, I’d rather see them trade Asante straight up for Rivers. But the Bengals likely won’t want a $9.5 million salary

  20. The fact that the Giants are willing to do this trade should immediately make the Bengals back out of the deal.

    The Giants are the champs and have obviously made some good personnel moves, so if they want Rivers, the Bengals should too.

    Hold onto him, Mike Brown.

  21. It would be dumb on the Bengals part to trade him at this point. They can’t expect much in return and they may be able to use him in 2012.
    The guy can play at a high level if healthy.

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