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Agent of Linebacker Keith Rivers Says There “Will Be Discussions” with New York Giants About Return

February 21st, 2013 at 8:45 AM
By Dan Benton

When the New York Giants originally acquired linebacker Keith Rivers from the Cincinnati Bengals for a fifth-round draft pick, they did so with hopes that he would stay healthy and prove to be a steal. Unfortunately, that did not happen and Rivers was plagued with a variety of injuries, as he has been his entire career.

The five-year veteran ended up playing in only 11 games, mostly as a reserve, collecting 44 tackles and recovering one fumble. However, he did show flashes that once led to him being the 9th overall pick in the draft, and it may have been enough for the Giants to consider bringing him back in 2013.

“There will be discussions with the Giants about Keith returning," Rivers' agent, Andrew Kessler told the New York Post.

The Giants are in need of more depth at linebacker, but health has clearly been a key component of the decision making process for General Manager Jerry Reese so far this offseason. If he feels Rivers can actually stay healthy in 2013, there's a legitimate chance he'll return. If not, his cup of coffee with the Giants is empty and it's time to move on.

In addition to Rivers, the agent of linebacker Chase Blackburn says the team has reached out to them and expressed an interest in him returning.

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6 Responses to “Agent of Linebacker Keith Rivers Says There “Will Be Discussions” with New York Giants About Return”

  1.  GOAT56 says:

    Repost:

    GOAT56 says:
    February 20, 2013 at 2:47 PM
    Repost:

    Below is a great piece but too long to cut and paste. It just shows the chess JR will be dealing with this offseason in terms of our cap issues.

    http://www.bigblueview.com/2013/2/19/4007384/navigating-the-salary-cap-an-offseason-plan-for-the-giants-in-2013

    Krow says:
    February 20, 2013 at 4:09 PM
    I stopped reading once they started throwing $12,000,000 a year at Beatty.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      The article says 5 years 42.5 mil for Beatty with 16 mil guaranteed. This seems pretty realistic given the recent LT contracts. That’s what a B+ UFA LT is probably worth. If you don’t want to keep him that’s fair but the article is reasonable with it’s contracts.

      The major parts I took from piece is how we can sign a few mid level contracts if we cut Webster because the 2013 cap hit with a signing bonus is low. In addition, how the rookie contracts don’t take up a full 4.6 mil because they just bump salaries below the 51 that count. So The rookie salaries could end up being a less than 2 mil cap increase.

      It’s not about agreeing with every move it’s about seeing how the cap can be maneuvered around in an actually full offseason example.

      •  Krow says:

        5 for 42.5 isn’t bad … but they were quoting some others as comparables. And they were crazy. If Beatty wants $12 mil per year then I’m giving $8 to Cruz, $4 to Bennett … and drafting a tackle #1.

      •  Chad Eldred says:

        That’s an awesome treatise on the Giant cap dilemma. Even if you agree or disagree with the choices the writer advocates, he presents a lot of pros and cons to weight. It also emphasizes the grey areas in the road ahead and steers clear of the sophomoric “we have to re-sign ______” proclamations.

        I’m inclined to believe if that deal is on the table for Beatty we would take it. That’s fair for a LT of Beatty’s caliber. I’m also inclined to believe that Beatty would believe he can get a little more and would test the market.

  2.  GOAT56 says:

    We need some new blood at LB. I don’t mind bringing Rivers back but both him and Blackburn seems like too much of last year’s corps. Although we will likely have 2 new starters at LB regardless, I don’t think Rivers and/or Blackburn are being brought back to be backups. I do want competition but it will be hard for rookies to be out these vets.

    •  sonnymooks says:

      I like Rivers, I do, but honestly, the man can not stay healthy.

      Its just not going to happen, he will NOT be able to play 16 games, let alone 19 games.

      Its just not possible.

      I wish he could, he could be a phenomenal LB, but the reality is there, its a shame, but its there. Bringing him back, isn’t a risk, its a guarantee of getting a player who is going to get hurt.

      We need HEALTHY players, guys who can play a full season plus the post season. Roster spots are valuable, and can’t be wasted on part time players.

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