Rivers, who was acquired from the Cincinnati Bengals for a fifth-round pick last year, flashed on the field at times in 2012. Unfortunately, as has been the case his entire career, the veteran was unable to stay healthy, missing five games due to a variety of injuries.
As recently as mid-February, Rivers' agent felt negotiations between the two sides were going well, but after things fell silent and the Giants focused much of their attention on other free agent linebackers, it appeared as if they planned to let him walk. Alas, that was not the case and Rivers will return in 2013 with the opportunity to see a lot of playing time.
Although the team will re-sign Rivers, they are expected to continue exploring other options. In recent days they have been connected to Jasper Brinkley, Karlis Dansby, Rey Maualuga and Justin Durant. They also hosted Rutgers linebacker Khaseem Greene for a workout.
In his 11 games (six starts)a season ago, Rivers made 44 tackles, while batting down one pass.
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