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New York Giants Will Re-Sign Linebacker Keith Rivers

March 14th, 2013 at 2:49 PM
By Dan Benton

The New York Giants will re-sign linebacker Keith Rivers to a one-year deal, a source tells Jenny Vrentas of The Star-Ledger.

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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65 Responses to “New York Giants Will Re-Sign Linebacker Keith Rivers”

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  1.  GOAT56 says:

    Interesting. I would have preferred Durant but Rivers has upside so I have no beef. I hope he’s penciled in a SLB and we can move Kiwi officially to DE. I just want to be done with Blackburn. Balckburn would be a solid backup but I think he’s too tempting for coaches to start to have on the roster. If we signed Dansby then drafted an early round LB I think the position will be much improved. Our young guys are ready to step up but they shouldn’t be given anything. Who knows maybe Herzlich or Paysinger can beat out Rivers.

  2.  GOAT56 says:

    @tomecurran

    Interesting news: Amendola signed with the Patriots on Tuesday. NE did not react to Denver, they made choice when Welker went to market

  3.  The Original G Man says:

    I think there’s a pretty decent chance we open the season with a starting LB corps of Jacquain Williams, Mark Herzlich, and Keith Rivers.

  4.  MauiOzzie says:

    I’m not very excited about the Rivers signing unless it’s for peanuts. Big Blue CANNOT just fill in the LB Corps with older players. The divison features too many quick youngsters that ate up our older guys by the 2nd half of the season (again)! The focus has to be to upgrade and get faster, all over the field, both sides of the ball!

  5.  The Original G Man says:

    @caplannfl
    Ricky Jean Francois agreed to a 4 year, $22 M deal with the Colts, per source.

  6.  Krow says:

    Bring out yer dead … bring out yer dead.

  7.  GOAT56 says:

    Without a Diehl restructure everyone is signing for at or near the vet minimum given our cap space.

  8.  demo3356 says:

    I’m thinking we still bring in one more Vet LB and draft at least one.. LB Corps as of now
    Mathias Kiwanuka
    Jacquian Williams
    Keith Rivers
    Spencer Paysinger
    Mark Herzlich
    Jake Muasau
    Depending on who we sign (or dont sign) and draft Kiwi could go back to DE or stick in the LB rotaiton

    •  Begiant says:

      Kiwi should, and probably will, stay at Sam

    •  GOAT56 says:

      I think the plan has to be to move Kiwi back to DE. Not only because he’s a better DE but because you can replace Kiwi at SLB with a cheap signing like Rivers but to replace him at 3rd DE would take a lot more money. I think we have found that while Kiwi was good at times playing SLB, he’s not the answer there.

      •  Begiant says:

        Kiwi was not that great from the DE spot (outside of the San fran game). In addition i think he provides a solid player from the LB spot and the constant position change will only hurt him. I understand sending him after the QB on 3rd down but he should be a LB first and foremost.

  9.  GOAT56 says:

    Sean Smith has agreed to terms on a three-year contract with Chiefs, NFL.com’s Albert Breer reported Thursday. The new deal is worth $18 million with $11 million guaranteed. The 49ers also were interested in signing him.

    That’s much cheaper than I thought he would be. But that’s the most per year any CB has made thus far in this market. A good CB could fall through the cracks and be really cheap. Ross gives us enough bodies at CB assuming we add a draft pick but if a better player if available for cheap I think we have add them.

  10.  Samardzija says:

    Colts are really overpaying the wrong players with these deals. 46 million dollars for Landry and Ricky Jean Francois? Really

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