According to the NFL Network, the New York Giants have put the finishing touches on a trade for Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Keith Rivers. According to sources the Giants would send there 5th round pick to the Bengals in exchange for the 25 year old.

Rivers missed all of the 2011 season with a wrist injury, and also missed significant time his rookie season after shattering his jaw. Rivers was a standout backer at USC and was selected 9th overall in the 2008 NFL draft. If he can stay healthy Rivers has tremendous upside, and will be expected to play a major role for a Giants team that had a revolving door at linebacker last season. Speculation now is that Jerry Reese will move OLB Michael Boley to the middle position to make room for Rivers.

In his two and a half year career as a Bengal, Rivers accrued 186 tackles, 2 sacks and 2 interceptions. He is expected to compete for a starting position with Jacquian Williams who had recorded 78 tackles in his stellar 2011 rookie campaign.