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Bengals trade Keith Rivers to Giants for fifth-round pick

Keith Rivers, Michael Johnson, Ryan Mathews AP

The anticipated trade of Keith Rivers from Cincinnati to New York is done, and Rivers is a Giant.

The Giants traded a fifth-round pick in this month’s NFL draft to the Bengals for Rivers, NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reports.

Rivers became expendable when the Bengals re-signed Manny Lawson last week, and they probably would have taken whatever they could get for him. For the Bengals, adding any draft pick for a player who wasn’t in their plans is a good move.

It could also be a good move for the Giants if Rivers is ever able to stay healthy and fulfill the promise he showed when the Bengals took him with the ninth overall pick in the 2008 draft. Rivers has always been a starter when healthy, but he missed 13 games in his first three seasons with various injuries and then missed the entire 2011 season with a wrist injury.

The fifth-round pick the Bengals acquired is the 167th overall pick. Cincinnati will pick three times late in the fifth round: They also have their own fifth-round pick (No. 156) and the Patriots’ fifth-round pick (No. 166).

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87 Responses to “Bengals trade Keith Rivers to Giants for fifth-round pick”
  1. gamecheck1 says: Apr 11, 2012 3:19 PM

    At a boy Jerry! Much needed help up the middle!

  2. dohpey28 says: Apr 11, 2012 3:20 PM

    Low risk, high reward move for the Giants.

  3. somekat says: Apr 11, 2012 3:20 PM

    Not wanting to be upstaged by philly, the giants land a LB half as good, with twice the injury concerns

  4. greenpacker says: Apr 11, 2012 3:23 PM

    over or under 6 games until hes injured?

  5. tainttickler says: Apr 11, 2012 3:23 PM

    Great move small risk for a major gain.. If stays healthy hes gonna be a beast.. Reese loved em in 08 and finally got em for a lot less..

  6. plum13sec says: Apr 11, 2012 3:23 PM

    Another top 10 ‘safe pick’ turned BUST!!

  7. ingraven says: Apr 11, 2012 3:24 PM

    Wow. Good LOW RISK move for the Giants. I will NEVER forget when Hines BROKE his jaw.

  8. themage78 says: Apr 11, 2012 3:25 PM

    Huge pickup. This guy will stay healthy and play hard to prove he’s not a washup. Low risk by the Giants who only had young players to fulfill their LB corps.

  9. birdsflynorth206 says: Apr 11, 2012 3:25 PM

    If he can healthy this is a steal for the Giants. I hope the Eagles can make some more moves.

  10. mikes92nygiants says: Apr 11, 2012 3:25 PM

    Good trade by the Giants. One step closer to a solid LB corps.
    Will- Keith Rivers
    Mike- Mike Boley
    Sam- Mathias Kiwanuka
    JWilliams B/U Will and MHerzlich backing up at Sam
    Although I wish Kiwi would just stay at DE.

    Either way, In Reese We Trust!

    Go Giants!

  11. eaglesfootballfan says: Apr 11, 2012 3:25 PM

    The Giants needed to upgrade there LB Corps. Injuries hurt the LB position for them last year.

  12. safranic03 says: Apr 11, 2012 3:25 PM

    Keith Rivers for a 5th Round Pick, We just saved an early round pick on a Mike. Jerry Reese does it again!

  13. ncbengalmike says: Apr 11, 2012 3:26 PM

    Now that Hines Ward has retired he will become a beast!!!!

  14. blackwillie1991 says: Apr 11, 2012 3:26 PM

    For a fifth-round pick? works for me

  15. jenniferxxx says: Apr 11, 2012 3:26 PM

    This is so wrong … a trade that doesn’t involve the Eagles !!! Is that legal???

  16. sadskinsfan89 says: Apr 11, 2012 3:27 PM

    If he stays healthy that is a heck of a deal for the giants. I thought they would at least get a fourth rounder

  17. birdzflyinhigh says: Apr 11, 2012 3:28 PM

    You know Jerry Reese is kicking himself knowing that he could’ve had Demeco Ryans for a 4th, and even more mad that he went to the rival Eagles. If improving their LB situation predraft was in their plans, you know he’s got to be pissed he missed out on the much better Ryans. Although both players have injury concerns, at least Ryans has a resume of success.

  18. pkrjones says: Apr 11, 2012 3:28 PM

    Now that Hines Ward isn’t head-hunting in the NFL maybe River’s oft-injured tag will go away.

  19. jm91rs says: Apr 11, 2012 3:29 PM

    As said in the article, getting any pick for a guy that wasn’t in your plans is a good thing. That said, a top ten pick getting traded a few years later for a 5th rounder is pretty telling.

  20. rickybobbie says: Apr 11, 2012 3:31 PM

    Good move for both teams. The Giants may have a very good LB if he can stay healthy and the Bengals get a fifth round pick of a player who may contribute to the team’s long term success. Wish Keith Rivers the best he comes from a very good family.

  21. rcampore says: Apr 11, 2012 3:32 PM

    birdzflyinhigh says: Apr 11, 2012 3:28 PM

    You know Jerry Reese is kicking himself knowing that he could’ve had Demeco Ryans for a 4th, and even more mad that he went to the rival Eagles. If improving their LB situation predraft was in their plans, you know he’s got to be pissed he missed out on the much better Ryans. Although both players have injury concerns, at least Ryans has a resume of success.

    _____________________________________
    I’m pretty sure Reese doesn’t concern himself with what the Eagles pick up. I think if memory serves me, Reese’s team has done a pretty good job the last few years.

  22. elifan4life says: Apr 11, 2012 3:34 PM

    Looks like Goff is a goner!

  23. morgan420 says: Apr 11, 2012 3:34 PM

    i cant believe all you got was a fifth round pick i mean c`mon man

  24. steeelfann says: Apr 11, 2012 3:35 PM

    For where he was drafted, he might be considered a bust-light.

  25. djigel says: Apr 11, 2012 3:36 PM

    Word is that his wrist injury has been described as “degenerative” – This guy may have some reward, but it is mostly risk. He is only owed $2.1 mil and one year on his contract so I don’t blame them for rolling the dice.

    I wish him the best moving forward and hope he can achieve success, but if he plays, and plays well for the Giants I would be very surprised.

  26. lebrack27 says: Apr 11, 2012 3:36 PM

    As a Bengals fan, I think the Giants got a starter for a 5th round pick. The knock on him is that he can’t stay healthy. He stays on the injury report.

  27. cmb79 says: Apr 11, 2012 3:38 PM

    Really like this trade for the price paid. If he’s healthy, this could be an absolute boom. Signing Sean Locklear is another sneaky good move.

    Productive day by Mr. Reese!

  28. 6ball says: Apr 11, 2012 3:39 PM

    .

    Everyone is Mel Kiper after the draft. However, the Patriots chose Jerod Mayo one pick after Rivers . They got a guy who looks to have the ILB / MLB position on lockdown for years to come. The Bengals got a late 5th round pick in 2012.

    The NFL draft is so important, yet even with all the combines, testing etc, it is very much an inexact science.

  29. Fan On Fire_Maurice Barksdale says: Apr 11, 2012 3:39 PM

    Good trade for the Giants. They just keep pushing all the right buttons. If healthy, Rivers could be a starter.

  30. imbetterthanyou says: Apr 11, 2012 3:40 PM

    “Not wanting to be upstaged by philly, the giants land a LB half as good, with twice the injury concerns”

    Because they made sure they weren’t upstaged by Philly last season with all the Giants high profile signings, right? Jerry will just never be like the Eagles FO…

    …he builds SB Champ Teams.

  31. gamecheck1 says: Apr 11, 2012 3:40 PM

    Not wanting to be upstaged by philly, the giants land a LB half as good, with twice the injury concerns

    Really! The giants have one 2 super bowls in 4 years… You really think they give a crap about what is going in in philly? Tell me what in there track record would even give one the inclination that they care?!

  32. drexelvol says: Apr 11, 2012 3:42 PM

    @greenpacker – I’ll take the under on this one.

  33. hus10188 says: Apr 11, 2012 3:44 PM

    Former 1st round pick in his contract year! Say no more.

    The best GM in the league showing you he’s the best GM in the league without being active in early March.

    Oh BTW remember the name Jacquian Williams, played JUCO and S.Florida with JPP. I believe he’s going to be a special player.

  34. nflofficeadmin says: Apr 11, 2012 3:44 PM

    Good player that played for a bad organization…let’s see what this talented player can do now that he is in a good organization. Could be explosive..

  35. cincy90 says: Apr 11, 2012 3:44 PM

    I can’t say that this is a bad trade for the Giants because they didn’t give up much and he does have the p word…potential- but I can say that this guy plays SO, SO soft. Even when he was healthy he would disappear for and entire month of the season then make a tackle and you’d think..wow, where has he been. Nice guy, tons of talent but don’t think he’s ever going to be a productive NFL backer. We’ll happily take the 5th rounder and move on.

  36. whodeydaytonchapter says: Apr 11, 2012 3:45 PM

    He is solid when healthy, but before the Hines Ward cheap shot he was exceptional. He has several years to get those phantom footsteps out of his head, but it just hasn’t happened. Best of luck to him.

  37. trollaikman8 says: Apr 11, 2012 3:45 PM

    He can play with peace of mind, knowing that Hines Ward is out of the league.

  38. quizguy66 says: Apr 11, 2012 3:46 PM

    Low risk move for the Giants. Get what you can move for the Bengals. The big question is how is his wrist. Apparently it’s non-regenerative (also non-degenerative I’ll add) which I guess is a fancy way of saying the wrist is how it is.

    -QG

  39. east96st says: Apr 11, 2012 3:48 PM

    “Not wanting to be upstaged by philly, the giants land a LB half as good, with twice the injury concerns”

    What kind of delusional world do you live in that you believe a team that has NEVER won a Super Bowl can do ANYTHING to upstage the team that just won their second in five years? Call us when you win a game in February.

  40. ebengal4life says: Apr 11, 2012 3:50 PM

    Good luck NYG fans and thanks.

  41. somekat says: Apr 11, 2012 3:52 PM

    eh, if you are going to use words like “inclination”, you shouold probably figure out the difference between “there” and “their” first

  42. andyb02 says: Apr 11, 2012 3:54 PM

    Time for the Eagles to draft a big WR so he can blow Rivers up with a block.

  43. raiderlyfe510 says: Apr 11, 2012 3:55 PM

    Has there been any USC players from Pete Carroll’s era that lived up to expectations on the NFL level?

    Leinart
    Bush
    M.Williams
    Mualuga
    D Jarrett
    C Rachal
    D Latui
    W Justice
    M Sanchez
    T Mays

    With the exception of Cushing and Matthews USC has been bust city.

  44. nyg88 says: Apr 11, 2012 3:56 PM

    low risk-high reward for the Giants, great move.

  45. myeaglescantwin says: Apr 11, 2012 3:56 PM

    when this happens,, are teams that drafted a player in the first round then dropp them for next to nothin basically admitting they did a terrible job drafting that year,, almost admitting they made a mistake.

    I know for a fact, that rivers would have produced wayyyyyyyyy more than whatever 5th round pick they are going to select..

    i will never understand the established players for late draft picks philosophy..

    watch asante is only gonna get the eagles a 4th round pick & he is a perenial pro bowler.

  46. hus10188 says: Apr 11, 2012 3:58 PM

    birdzflyinhigh says:
    Apr 11, 2012 3:28 PM
    You know Jerry Reese is kicking himself knowing that he could’ve had Demeco Ryans for a 4th, and even more mad that he went to the rival Eagles.
    ———-
    Maybe, but how do you think Andy and the rest of your FO are probably feeling passing on Nicks and taking the very average Maclin, whilst losing out on the future DPOY in JPP by taking a short motor guy in Graham. Two guys who have helped a ton in winning our 4th SB.

    BTW, I’d take Michael Boley, J Williams, Herzlich and Keith Rivers OVER Brian Rolle, Casey Matthews, Jamar Chaney and Demeco Ryans any day of the week and twice on Sundays.

    You got Ryans and a bunch of scrubs. If anything you should’ve probably shipped out another pick to get Rivers.

  47. hotep999 says: Apr 11, 2012 3:59 PM

    As a GM, I would email or text blast all 31 teams before trading a 1st rounder talent for a 5th round pick (remember Santonio Holmes?). I’m suuuurrreeee some other team would give a higher 5th rounder or late 4th!

  48. udwnwitjpp says: Apr 11, 2012 4:00 PM

    When eagles talk it sound hollow likee their trophy case lol

  49. jdandcoke says: Apr 11, 2012 4:01 PM

    i wouldnt be surprised if rivers is nothing more than a depth move. boley and kiwi are definate starters and jacquain williams, who may have been the biggest steal of the entire draft last year, is a future star in the making. herzlich should be better as well.

  50. dustyschmidt22 says: Apr 11, 2012 4:02 PM

    Bengals were likely to release him anyways, so they just basically got a free 5th round pick. I’d take that any day. Best of luck Keith…but when not injured he was hardly an impact player, so we literally hardly knew ya.

  51. darthsaint says: Apr 11, 2012 4:03 PM

    Low risk as in 5th round pick to get him…I agree. But if the Bengals are giving up on the guy, you have to wonder.

    Also, 9th pick in the draft, few years into his contract, I have to assume his yearly salary is decent at this point. That to me is where the risk is. Guys getting drafted now, doesnt matter because the rookie wage is fair. But back then…top 10 picks were overpaid. Just wondering, for a guy hurt so often, is his salary comparable to what he will bring on the field?

    I wish him the best. I remember he played well at USC. I also remember watching the game where Hines Ward gave him his first season ending injury. Unfortunate for him it wasn’t his only. He has the draft position and name pedigree…hopefully he can stay healthy.

  52. chocopoppy says: Apr 11, 2012 4:03 PM

    Silly Giant fans. Why do you think he went for a 5th rounder? The guy is always injured and even when he plays was not an impact guy. Some games you didn’t even know he was out there. It’s not a “steal” — it’s a fair trade.

  53. ttommytom says: Apr 11, 2012 4:04 PM

    It’s the last pick in the 6th. Go through the draft history of the last pick in round 6 and the odds are better for Rivers succeeding than that pick.

    Good move for both teams.

  54. cooklynn17 says: Apr 11, 2012 4:06 PM

    somekat says: Apr 11, 2012 3:20 PM

    Not wanting to be upstaged by philly, the giants land a LB half as good, with twice the injury concerns
    __________________________________________________________________
    This guy must be a clueless clown or something, upstage Philly? How do u upstage a team that is irrelevant? Just like last year when NY signed nobody and lost smith and boss, and the sheeagles signed everybody and upstaged themselves. What a sorry franchise with sorry fans.

    Good move for the Giants, also signed a tackle from Washington today as well.

    0 for 46 Bitches

  55. gameproper says: Apr 11, 2012 4:10 PM

    Michael Irvin almost threw up

  56. geo1113 says: Apr 11, 2012 4:12 PM

    somekat says:
    Apr 11, 2012 3:20 PM
    Not wanting to be upstaged by philly, the giants land a LB half as good, with twice the injury concerns
    ——————–

    As an Eagles fan, I have two words for you…SHUT UP!!!

  57. scrap7681 says: Apr 11, 2012 4:13 PM

    Great pickup for NY, nobody can say this was a bad deal just like the Eagles deal, they both practically gave up nothing for starters. If they can both stay healthy, which they probably will, they both got LBs for the next few yrs. *Now one of them do get hurt maybe they can try and pick up jenniferXXXL big a** and see she it can play LB because she knows so much about football!

  58. thebigcaptain2011 says: Apr 11, 2012 4:16 PM

    Solid pick up. Adressed a need with a low round pick, and if it doesn’t work out you hope that one of those guys drafted last season can contribute.
    @somekat:
    No one is worried about being upstaged by a team that hasn’t won anything since my grandfather’s heyday. To tell you the truth, as Giants fans the last team we worry about in the NFL is the Iggles. Win something then we may worry about what your team does.

  59. tcostant says: Apr 11, 2012 4:17 PM

    I like the move, I just hope they offered London Flecter whatver Rivers makes ($2-3M) and got turned down before this move.

  60. themage78 says: Apr 11, 2012 4:25 PM

    Demeco Ryans missed an entire season with an Achilles injury and played all last season with a screwed up elbow.

    Both were pretty good LBs when they were healthy. But Ryans might be moving to a new position which might impact his play. Rivers will probably start in the same position he knows.

    Giants lost a 5th while Eagles lost a 4th and had to swap 3rd rounders. There is still a lot of talent in 3rd round. That could be huge.

    Any 5th rounder you pickup you expect them to be a project or never make the team. Good to get a former first-rounder for a 5th round pick.

  61. itsmebobd says: Apr 11, 2012 4:28 PM

    Not worth it. As a bengals fan, I would much rather have the depth than a 5th round pick who likely won’t even make the team. I remember a few years ago we had Robert Geathers playing LB due to all the injuries…… Good trade for the giants, low risk, high reward. Anything less than a 3rd round pick isn’t worth it in my book. Good job Giants, you got a huge upside and lost almost nothing!

  62. east96st says: Apr 11, 2012 4:29 PM

    “but I can say that this guy plays SO, SO soft. Even when he was healthy he would disappear for and entire month of the season then make a tackle and you’d think..wow, where has he been.”

    Marvin Lewis had to put up with that because you guys used a number one on him. He pulls that with Coughlin and he’ll be cut before he can say “Sorry, coach.”. That was the worse part of how much money the top ten rookies used to make. They got job security they didn’t deserve. Keith’s coming to whole new world. Plus, seeing how it’s his contract year, I’m assuming his agent has explained to him his performance will directly reflect the size of his next contract or if he even gets one at all. If not, Mr. Reese will be happy to explain that to him.

  63. mianfr says: Apr 11, 2012 4:39 PM

    Linebackers are so cheap these days… I’d give up a 4th and 5th for DeMeco Ryans and Keith Rivers every day of the week.

  64. phillychzstk2012 says: Apr 11, 2012 4:41 PM

    birdzflyinhigh says: Apr 11, 2012 3:28 PM

    You know Jerry Reese is kicking himself knowing that he could’ve had Demeco Ryans for a 4th, and even more mad that he went to the rival Eagles. If improving their LB situation predraft was in their plans, you know he’s got to be pissed he missed out on the much better Ryans. Although both players have injury concerns, at least Ryans has a resume of success.

    _____________________________________
    I’m pretty sure Reese doesn’t concern himself with what the Eagles pick up. I think if memory serves me, Reese’s team has done a pretty good job the last few years.

    _____________________________________

    haven’t done a very good job vs the Eagles in particular. 1-5 against the Eagles the past 3 years isnt “pretty good”. but keep telling yourselves that.

  65. zaggs says: Apr 11, 2012 4:41 PM

    “but he missed 13 games in his first three seasons with various injuries”

    Except weren’t 9 of those were from the Hines cheap shot.
    Good trade, this year the Giants have 2 4′s so they’re not really losing anything as the pick they gave up was basically a 6th round pick.

  66. deathtoromo says: Apr 11, 2012 4:49 PM

    I thought he was in the Canadian Football League.

  67. johnnyb1976 says: Apr 11, 2012 4:59 PM

    scrap7681 says:Apr 11, 2012 4:13 PM

    Great pickup for NY, nobody can say this was a bad deal just like the Eagles deal, they both practically gave up nothing for starters. If they can both stay healthy, which they probably will, they both got LBs for the next few yrs. *Now one of them do get hurt maybe they can try and pick up jenniferXXXL big a** and see she it can play LB because she knows so much about football!

    ———————————————————-

    Too funny. Maybe the NFL network will hire her to replace Sapp.

  68. rcampore says: Apr 11, 2012 5:04 PM

    phillychzstk2012 says: Apr 11, 2012 4:41 PM

    birdzflyinhigh says: Apr 11, 2012 3:28 PM

    You know Jerry Reese is kicking himself knowing that he could’ve had Demeco Ryans for a 4th, and even more mad that he went to the rival Eagles. If improving their LB situation predraft was in their plans, you know he’s got to be pissed he missed out on the much better Ryans. Although both players have injury concerns, at least Ryans has a resume of success.

    _____________________________________
    I’m pretty sure Reese doesn’t concern himself with what the Eagles pick up. I think if memory serves me, Reese’s team has done a pretty good job the last few years.

    _____________________________________

    haven’t done a very good job vs the Eagles in particular. 1-5 against the Eagles the past 3 years isnt “pretty good”. but keep telling yourselves that.

    ___________________________________
    HAHA…..AS USUAL, an Eagles fan hanging their hat on a regular season record. Too bad their are no trophies for that. I’m pretty sure I’ll take a 1-5 record against the Eagles in the regular season for 2 superbowl championships every day of the damn week. Losers always accept mediocrity.

  69. youdownwithjpp says: Apr 11, 2012 5:05 PM

    somekat says:
    Apr 11, 2012 3:20 PM
    Not wanting to be upstaged by philly, the giants land a LB half as good, with twice the injury concerns
    ——————————————

    That’s the issue with Philly, there’s always a notion of having to go out and make a splash.

    So much so that you’re now incorporating that mentality into the Giants decision making, which is a completely misleading opinion.

    I highly doubt Mr. Reese or the Giants FO care what the perennial under achievers of the NFL think about their business practices.

    NYG: 4 Rings
    PHI : Maybe one day??

  70. geo1113 says: Apr 11, 2012 5:08 PM

    themage78 says:
    Apr 11, 2012 4:25 PM

    But Ryans might be moving to a new position which might impact his play.

    Giants lost a 5th while Eagles lost a 4th and had to swap 3rd rounders. There is still a lot of talent in 3rd round. That could be huge.

    ————————————

    What are you talking about? He is a MLB and will be playiong MLB. The reason he was avaiable is he didn’t fit the 3-4 scheme.

    The reason Ryans cost more is because he is better football player. Regarding draft picks, your reasoning here is really a stretch. And by the time, one gets to the 76th pick (the 3rd rounder the Eagles gave up), the draft is a huge crap shoot. And the best player from those 3rd round positions i the last few years is Lardarius Webb who was selcted with the 88th pick (the pick the Eagles received from the Texans).

    In other words, your attempt at saying the Giants got a better deal with Rivers than the Eagles with Ryans misses the mark.

  71. rexryanschoolofpodiatry says: Apr 11, 2012 5:14 PM

    I love how Giants fans think Keith Rivers is gonna come in and solve any problems they have at LB. He clearly isn’t very good along with being injury prone…Im sure he’ll be relegated to special teams by the end of training camp…if he can make it that far.

  72. tezz123 says: Apr 11, 2012 5:14 PM

    I don’t think Demeco Ryans was even on the Giants radar since they couldn’t afford his salary cap hit and long-term commitment. Both trades are nice moves given the situation.

    Its a one year deal where Rivers would be playing for his payday. Rivers could yield a higher compensation pick in the future if he plays well since the Giants dont like investing too much in LBs.

  73. thebigcaptain2011 says: Apr 11, 2012 5:16 PM

    phillychzstk2012 says: “haven’t done a very good job vs the Eagles in particular. 1-5 against the Eagles the past 3 years isnt “pretty good”. but keep telling yourselves that.”

    -That’s funny. The Giants were also 0-2 versus Washington last year. Let’s see….the G-Men win the Superbowl and the ‘Skins are praying they can keep RG3 upright. You franchise QB is out of the NFL. Your free-agent pickup QB can’t stay healthy and your free agent CB can’t fit your system. Once again, noone is worried about a team that doesn’t win anything. The Steelers lose to the Browns and Bengals sometimes, but at the end of the day, their concerns are the Ravens, Pats, etc.

  74. dave56dj says: Apr 11, 2012 5:39 PM

    As many said while fans wanna compare demeco to Rivers it’s not Reese’s concern one bit, but as fans in the offseason sure lets discuss.
    Ryan’s is the more established player – has had some injuries too but has shown he can be a standout MLB in a 4-3 therefore a bit expendable in Phillips 3-4. They swap 3s – not bad- and give a 4th do a guy who will see a heavy pitch count- very nice value for eagles- one negative he has a large contract- now If he produces like he did in the texans 4-3 then alls good but his contract makes it harder to sign other players whih may not be a problem if true eagles gel with a full offseason.

    Giants trade a 5th pick which has some value but curtailing not a ton for a player who played nicely when on the field- which was extremely rare and pay about 2.1 and then rivers is voidable so what do th gmen get – a helluva motivated player- see Martellus Bennett. If he fails bye bye- and while a 5th could work out two 4ths mean the giants have extra picks not a lot of roster spot and there cap is very tight and they didn’t lock into
    Anything knowing jpp Cruz Hakeem and more will come asking soon

    Nice trade eagles nice trade giants
    For bengals he was a goner do at least you got something

  75. east96st says: Apr 11, 2012 5:42 PM

    “haven’t done a very good job vs the Eagles in particular. 1-5 against the Eagles the past 3 years isnt “pretty good”. but keep telling yourselves that.”

    0-46 is absolutely, mind boggling, horrific for the one game that really matters. But if you think regular season records against one opponent is worth bragging about, well, you keep telling yourself that.

  76. cougarquest says: Apr 11, 2012 7:05 PM

    If Rivers can remain healthy all season, he will still only play half the snaps. In ’09 he played 480, while his 3rd down “replacement” played 563. In ’10 he played 512 snaps, while his 3rd down “replacement” played 507. In 2011, he had a mystery off-season wrist injury that kept him out all year. All that for over $2.3M and a 5th rounder.

  77. voyager6 says: Apr 11, 2012 7:20 PM

    Rivers was out all last year for a non-football related injury. He badly broke a bone in his wrist, the one that often does not heal well. Cincy media have speculated the injury may be degenerative and Rivers might not ever play again.

    So I can see the fifth round pick, just to get rid of him for getting hurt during off season (reason for the injury wasn’t ever revealed); especially if it only takes a tap on it to fracture again.

  78. iknowurider72 says: Apr 11, 2012 7:27 PM

    Who is running the Bengals these days? Anyone remember the last time they traded a high pick for another draft choice? Given Mike Browns history this scares me, but i am excited to see them making changes. Its something, right?

  79. ajpurp says: Apr 11, 2012 10:03 PM

    To the man who said Reese is kicking himself over Ryan’s: (a) his contract would never fit with the giants do Reese wasn’t even going to attempt it, whether he knew Or not about the 4th rounder and ;(b) Ryan’s Achilles injury is much harder to come back from in the NFL, both players have injury concerns, but Achilles injuries end ten times more careers than wrist injuries. No doubt at all who the better player is, but the giants don’t have much risk at all involved which if u look at all our contracts outside Eli, you’ll see is true of everyone on the team. Ryans could be amazing, Rivers could be solid and has less risk. Ryans has bigger risk with an Achilles and his contract, as that is often a career killer. So both got good value, and no one on either team is kicking themselves over either of the other teams trades. Only thing worth kicking oneself over is the Eagles draft choices compared to the giants. So get real.

  80. nopepper123 says: Apr 12, 2012 1:59 AM

    Always interesting when a team is willing to trade a 1st rounder a few years out for a 5th round pick and the receiving team thinks they have just gotten themselves a great opportunity. Do you really think the Bengals would simply give this guy away (like OchoCinco for the same 5th rounder) unless they knew he was either still hurt or know he’s done? No 5th rounder in the world is worth that type of embarrassment. Look out Kevin Huber…….Bengals just got a pick for your backup……that’s about what Keith Rivers is worth.

  81. cordellgc says: Apr 12, 2012 5:02 AM

    the only bad part of this trade for the Bengals, is that they could not get rid of that other bum usc linebacker on the team, they are both soft players. combined, 4games with10+ tackles, they run around and don’t make plays… Smh, bums.. Taylor mays your next

  82. joetoronto says: Apr 12, 2012 5:19 AM

    The change in scenery will do wonders for him, and anybody else who leaves that God awful team.

  83. Max says: Apr 12, 2012 8:02 AM

    If Keith Rivers can be attained for a 5th rounder, and Demeco Ryans for a 4th rounder……

    then does it even make sense drafting Linebackers in the first 3 rounds of the draft? Teams should build in other areas and then when you are a couple pieces away go get yourself a linebacker via trade.

  84. inthearex says: Apr 12, 2012 12:12 PM

    @somekat
    Not wanting to be upstaged by Philly, the giants win super bowls.

  85. shaunypoo says: Apr 12, 2012 12:38 PM

    What does it tell you if the Bengals didn’t want him anymore?

    He had potential but is too soft. A fifth rounder is better than nothing. Enjoy having him take up a spot on IR for most of the year.

  86. hitdog042 says: Apr 12, 2012 4:38 PM

    I’d be a little weary of a LB Mike Zimmer didn’t want. They could have kept him with a ton of money in cap space. I wonder if the Bengals are not sold on the health of his wrist.

    That being said, I wish Rivers well.. he’s a good dude. And very bright, I must say.. he’s really into business and the stock market.

  87. johnnyb1976 says: Apr 13, 2012 12:58 AM

    joetoronto says:Apr 12, 2012 5:19 AM

    The change in scenery will do wonders for him, and anybody else who leaves that God awful team.

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    Did your team make the playoffs? No they didnt just keep your mouth shut and keep watching the Bills or Argonauts or whatever sad football team you pull for.

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