Rivers, who was drafted in the first-round (9th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals, has struggled with a variety of unrelated injuries since entering the league. He suffered a broken jaw as a result of a blind-side hit courtesy of then Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward, as well as a foot injury, calf injury and wrist injury that caused him to miss the entire 2011 season.
There had been some concern that Rivers' wrist injury was a chronic issue and something that might prevent him from passing a physical, but the Giants appear confident that he's recovered and will enter the 2012 season completely healthy.
The former USC Trojan is scheduled to earn a $2.16 million base salary next year, but it's possible that General Manager Jerry Reese & Co. may rework his contract. However, Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily news reports that an extension will not be a part of the deal. He will become a free agent after the 2012 season.
Primarily an outside linebacker in Cincinnati, it's unknown where Rivers projects to play in New York. There had been some talk about the team moving Michael Boley to middle linebacker, which would allow Rivers to play on the outside, but coming out of college he also projected as a MIKE on a 4-3 defense that plays a lot of cover 2.
In 35 career games, Rivers has collected 186 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions and nine stuffs.
Finalizing and paperwork filing will be completed by days end, making this deal "official."
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