Thursday, April 12, 2012
Bengals officially trade Rivers to Giants
By Jamison Hensley
The Bengals officially traded Keith Rivers to the New York Giants after the linebacker passed his physical today.
Cincinnati receives a fifth-round pick (167th overall) in exchange for Rivers, who has missed 29 games in four seasons because of injuries including all of last season after wrist surgery. As in their other recent player trades, the Bengals got the better end of this deal because Rivers wasn't going to start for the team this season.
A look at which recent players who have been taken at No. 167: Wide receiver Ryan Whalen (Bengals, 2011), linebacker Nathan Triplett (Vikings, 2010), guard Herman Johnson (Cardinals, 2009), defensive end Erik Walden (Cowboys, 2008) and safety Kevin Payne (Bears, 2007). The last Pro Bowl player to be selected at that spot was punter Reggie Roby in 1983.
The Bengals now have nine draft picks: First round (17th and 21st overall), second round (53rd), third round (83rd), fourth round (116th), fifth round (156th, 166th and 167th) and sixth round (191st).