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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.

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34 Responses to “Bengals could be trading Keith Rivers to Giants”
  1. bleedgreen says: Apr 11, 2012 8:57 AM

    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. capitala23 says: Apr 11, 2012 8:58 AM

    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. rickybobbie says: Apr 11, 2012 9:01 AM

    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. easyeintennessee says: Apr 11, 2012 9:04 AM

    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. pooflingingmonkey says: Apr 11, 2012 9:07 AM

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

  6. muir6 says: Apr 11, 2012 9:07 AM

    In Reese we trust

  7. emoorm says: Apr 11, 2012 9:08 AM

    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!

  8. steelcityrapist says: Apr 11, 2012 9:14 AM

    He and ray just havent seemed to work out. Too bad. Lets see what we can get for him. I want to see what Moch can do. He ran a 4.40 as a linebacker.

    WHO DEY!

  9. vincentbojackson says: Apr 11, 2012 9:17 AM

    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.

  10. redguy12588 says: Apr 11, 2012 9:20 AM

    He was never the same after that Ward hit.

  11. gamecheck1 says: Apr 11, 2012 9:21 AM

    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.

  12. jordan52187 says: Apr 11, 2012 9:25 AM

    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

  13. manuich1 says: Apr 11, 2012 9:30 AM

    Make the trade Jerry…

  14. duanethomas says: Apr 11, 2012 9:37 AM

    “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.

  15. jenniferxxx says: Apr 11, 2012 9:39 AM

    The Giants don’t do trades. Not gonna happen.

  16. myeaglescantwin says: Apr 11, 2012 9:40 AM

    injury plagued till he goes to the giants and becomes an annual pro bowler.

  17. 561bengal says: Apr 11, 2012 9:52 AM

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

  18. jenniferxxx says: Apr 11, 2012 10:03 AM

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

  19. stew48 says: Apr 11, 2012 10:06 AM

    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.

  20. pixelito says: Apr 11, 2012 10:07 AM

    The Bengals would get the Giants last pick in the 4th round.

    And nothing more.

  21. tat2dey says: Apr 11, 2012 10:21 AM

    “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.

  22. themage78 says: Apr 11, 2012 10:26 AM

    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.

  23. perennialsinn21 says: Apr 11, 2012 10:26 AM

    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.

  24. udwnwitjpp says: Apr 11, 2012 10:30 AM

    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

  25. theroc5156 says: Apr 11, 2012 10:51 AM

    Is that Rivers in the picture above?

    I don’t recall him ever getting to a QB.

  26. t8ertot says: Apr 11, 2012 10:52 AM

    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

  27. worldchampsbaby says: Apr 11, 2012 10:56 AM

    Hell of an athlete and LB coming out of USC. If Reese can find magic in a bottle do it for 4th or 5th.

  28. sellout3871 says: Apr 11, 2012 12:05 PM

    Good. Get Keith “Bust” Rivers out of Cincinnati and get someone who isn’t constantly injured.

  29. jakek2 says: Apr 11, 2012 12:09 PM

    Its April, a/k/a the Eagles time of year…hence all the Eagle posts.

  30. mikeyhigs says: Apr 11, 2012 12:13 PM

    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

  31. gateforthesheep says: Apr 11, 2012 2:45 PM

    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.

  32. dohpey28 says: Apr 11, 2012 2:46 PM

    Looks like they gave up the last pick of the 5th round, nice trade for the Giants.

  33. ejmam1 says: Apr 11, 2012 3:15 PM

    Hines is back home in the Mekong Delta, blowin’ guys up for 5 bucks a service.

  34. samoanjungle says: Apr 11, 2012 4:09 PM

    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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