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Why Bengals dealt Rivers to Giants

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09:59 AM ET 05.06 | There was a story behind the story on the Keith Rivers trade to the Giants. The former first round pick had surgery on his wrist near the end of the lockout last summer. The Bengals thought he could have had it earlier in the offseason, and did not approve. The team subsequently put him on the non football injury list. Rivers wanted to be put on the physically unable to perform list, which would have enabled him to collect his salary. He filed a grievance against the team. There were hard feelings, and both sides thought a fresh start was in order.

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Keith Rivers, Icon SMI Keith Rivers, Icon SMI
May 6, 2012  10:01 AM ET

Who the hell is this?

May 6, 2012  10:12 AM ET

so he went from the Bungles to the Super Bowl champs, where is the downside?

May 6, 2012  10:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Who the hell is this?

Maybe we'd have a better news day if they could somehow tie in the Kentucky Derby or the Mayweather/Cotto fight into the NFL. Better than this...

May 6, 2012  10:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

so he went from the Bungles to the Super Bowl champs, where is the downside?

He might have to dance backup to Eli?

May 6, 2012  10:15 AM ET

Pretty good college LB out of USC, picked 9th by the Bengals. His career showed promise but has been marred by injuries. Good pickup by the Giants; only cost them a 5th round pick. If he playes anywhere near his potential he will help NY a lot at a position where they need help.

May 6, 2012  10:24 AM ET

So in other words Mike Brown was cheap and it cost Cincinnati a linebacker.

May 6, 2012  10:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

So in other words Mike Brown was cheap and it cost Cincinnati a linebacker.

Yes, and surprising after Brown fleeced the Raiders in the Carson Palmer trade.

May 6, 2012  10:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

So in other words Mike Brown was cheap and it cost Cincinnati a linebacker.

In other words... No news here.

May 6, 2012  10:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

So in other words Mike Brown was cheap and it cost Cincinnati a linebacker.

Pretty much, they did well without him though. I believe he has only this one year on his contract. They got a fifth round draft pick in return.
But really, the owners lock the players out and tell them do not show your face around here and then they get upset about a player putting off a surgery when he is not even getting paid at the time?

May 6, 2012  11:45 AM ET

Talladega Today, go Gorden Go, the Giants stole this guy, all he needs is to go to Giant Linebacker School! TVEli!!

May 6, 2012  11:51 AM ET

Wait a minute....THIS is where the Bengals draw the line on a playe? LMFAO

May 6, 2012  04:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Pretty much, they did well without him though. I believe he has only this one year on his contract. They got a fifth round draft pick in return. But really, the owners lock the players out and tell them do not show your face around here and then they get upset about a player putting off a surgery when he is not even getting paid at the time?

The Cincinnati front office never has made a great deal of sense to me.

But at the low price of a 5th-round pick, he should be a good pick-up for the Giants.

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May 6, 2012  06:53 PM ET
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So in other words Mike Brown was cheap and it cost Cincinnati a linebacker.

Business as usual.

May 6, 2012  08:03 PM ET

Rivers, famous for getting his jaw broken by Hines Ward in his rookie year and not doing much since then. Another USC bust.

May 6, 2012  09:04 PM ET

So how many times has this Bengal been to jail?

 
May 6, 2012  10:49 PM ET
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Pretty good college LB out of USC, picked 9th by the Bengals. His career showed promise but has been marred by injuries. Good pickup by the Giants; only cost them a 5th round pick. If he playes anywhere near his potential he will help NY a lot at a position where they need help.

Superb analysis. Giants may have gotten a steal.

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