The New York Giants made low-risk high-reward trade on Wednesday, when they traded a fifth round pick to the Cincinnati Bengals for linebacker Keith Rivers. Rivers is a former top-ten draft pick by the Bengals, but has a history of injury problems. He missed all of last season with a wrist injury. He may be most famous for having his jaw broken on a block by Dancing With The Stars champion Hines Ward. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPbraVljIrc )
There is no question that Rivers has ability, considering where he was drafted. It may be the best thing for him to change teams. Rivers is better that anyone they could have drafted with their pick in the fifth round anyway. He’s 25 years old and a new situation may be good for him. It upgrades their linebacker depth as well and can even help their defensive line depth by playing Mathias Kiwanuka as a defensive end more.
At this point, its hard to question any moves Jerry Reese makes, even a low risk one such as this. If Rivers can get acclimated to the system he could do some damage. Other than Michael Boley, the Giants weakness on defense has been linebacker. They had to sign Chase Blackburn away from substitute teaching because of the lack of depth and it worked.
Jerry Reese never makes trades. He rarely trades draft picks. You know he saw a lot of value in acquiring Keith Rivers for a fifth rounder. Yes, if the player the Bengals draft with the pick becomes a pro-bowler and Rivers gets hurt and can’t play it’ll look bad, but it’s still worth the risk.