NFL Trade Rumors: New York Giants Working to Trade for Bengals Keith Rivers?

Doug RushSenior Analyst IApril 11, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 02:  Keith Rivers #55 of the Cincinnati Bengals is pictured before the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 2, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Two weeks before the draft, the Giants could be close to making a deal.

According to Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger, the Giants are possibly looking to trade for Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Keith Rivers.

The one thing that makes me a little sketchy about this is Garafolo's source, which was a forum on called the "Big Blue Huddle."

In the post, the source seems pretty sure that the deal will happen. To see the actual posting, click on the link here.

On one hand, it's really bad to trust blog posts as actual sources because anyone could go online and say, "hey, the Giants are close to landing Adrian Peterson from the Vikings for a sixth-round draft pick," and say they head it from their sources. 

On the other hand, Garafolo posted this, and he isn't an unknown writer or source, so I think there could be some truth to it.

Rivers also tweeted that he stopped in New York City on a trip from France and Italy, and you can translate that to mean one of two things: he's just visiting or he's stopping by for a physical.

The Giants do need linebackers, so a trade for Rivers would make sense, but there's only one question: What would the Bengals want in return as compensation?

The Eagles got DeMarco Ryans last month in exchange for a fourth rounder from the Texans, so I could see that type of deal formulating between the two teams.

Rivers is recovering from a wrist injury that forced him to miss the entire 2011 season, so it would be a high-risk trade for the Giants to make. Nonetheless, Rivers has the potential to be a great player in the NFL.

It will be very interesting to see if this deal actually gets made soon. Stay tuned, Giants fans.