Giants acquire Keith Rivers in trade
The Super Bowl champion Giants have acquired former Trojan Keith Rivers from the Bengals in exchange for the team’s fifth-round pick in this year’s draft. The linebacker spent 4-years in Cincinnati, after being selected with the ninth overall pick in 2008.
Rivers’ career in stripes had been plagued by injury, with the most notable being a broken jaw that resulted from a crackback block delivered by Steeler’s Hines Ward, which shortened his rookie season. The former All-American was slowed by foot and ankle injuries in 2009-2010, before wrist surgery shelved him for the entire 2011 campaign.
As he moves forward into his fifth season, New York offers a fresh start. And owed $2.16 million this fall, his new employers wasted no time in restructuring his contract.
Rivers wore the double-nickels at USC, and lived up to the expectations. Along with All-America honors in 2007, he was also a two-time Pac 10 first-team selection and Butkus Award semifinalist.