New York Sports Nut–
While the last few off-seasons for the New York Giants have been quiet ones, Giants fans should be pleased with the addition of linebacker Keith Rivers.¬† The internet had been abuzz with rumors for hours preceding the trade that landed Rivers in Giant blue.
The Giants have developed a knack for adding less-flashy players than their co-tenants at MetLife stadium.¬† While the horses they bring in may not have the hype, they have fit into the Giant way of doing things and developed into impact players.¬† Players like Michael Boley, Antrelle Rolle, and even Kareem McKenzie have gone to the Giants and helped solidify what is usually a solid all-around team.
Rivers, who missed the entire 2011 campaign due to injury, is entering the final year of his rookie contract.¬† Big Blue sent a 5th¬†round pick to Cincinnati in exchange for Rivers and are hopeful that he can provide some much needed help rejuvenating what was a flawed linebacking corps last season.
Personally, I believe that the Rivers trade has far too much upside to pass up.¬† Rivers should come in extremely motivated to prove his health and cash in on his second NFL contract next off-season.¬†¬† Rivers should provide the Giants with much better play than could be expected of their fifth round selection.
Even if Rivers opts to sign with a different team following this year, the Giants will still have gotten one year of play from a former top ten overall selection.¬† Additionally, he will have bought them time to find a more permanent solution at a position that was in need of an upgrade.¬† Should Rivers walk, the Giants will have had the opportunity to develop a suitable replacement from within the organization, look outside the organization during free agency next year, or possibly add one through the draft. READ MORE