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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