According to Patricia Traina of InsideFootball.com, linebacker Keith Rivers has been officially traded from the Cincinnati Bengals to the New York Giants.
Both Giants head coach Tom Coughlin and general manager Jerry Reese are excited to bring in Rivers.
“We’re excited to have another talented player in the mix for our defensive staff to work with. We try to create competition at every position, and Keith will definitely bring some competition to our linebacker group,” said Reese.
“This is an excellent opportunity for him to have a fresh start. Keith is versatile enough to play the outside on first and second down and he can play on third down because he runs well. And he’s fast enough to rush the passer,” said Coughlin.
Rivers is looking forward to a fresh start in New York after being plagued with injuries in Cincinnati.
“I’m excited to get a fresh start. You can’t ask for more than to be playing for the defending world champions and be in NY,” said Rivers.
“I’ve been working really hard this offseason and it’s not about my past. It’s about what I’ve been doing to prepare myself for this year and I’m really excited about it,” said Rivers. ”I just haven’t been able to stay on the field as much as I would like. Hopefully, like I said, it’s a new beginning and everything is behind me and I’m ready to do it on the big stage here in New York.”
This is a great move by the Giants that doesn’t involve any risk since they’re only giving up a fifth round pick for Rivers.
Quotes provided by Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News.