Once again, the Bengals are the winners in a trade. Cincinnati is getting the 167th overall pick for a first-round pick who could never stay healthy. Rivers has talent but he missed 29 games in four seasons. A wrist injury sidelined him for the entire 2011 season.I tend to believe Mr. Hensley here, since he is one of the best bloggers in the business. Yes, it is true that Rivers has been a bum thus far considering the high expectations placed on him before the 2008 NFL Draft. But it is also true that the Giants are not garbage-pickers nor are they desperate.
So, the Bengals got a fifth-rounder when they probably would've taken anything to unload the disappointing No. 9 pick from the 2008 draft and his $2.1 million salary. That's the best offer that the Bengals could've received for Rivers, who lost his starting job to Thomas Howard and would've played special teams this season.
How lucky are the Bengals to get a fifth-round pick? The Texans got a fourth-rounder for middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans, who was the franchise's all-time leading tackler and a two-time Pro Bowl selection.
GM Jerry Reese and head coach Tom Coughlin both believe that Rivers had some bad breaks in the Queen City and is totally salvageable. If Rivers stays healthy, the Giants have a steal on their hands. A new setting and lower expectations could be just what the doctor ordered.
“This is an excellent opportunity for him to have a fresh start,” Coughlin said this week. “Keith is versatile enough to play the outside on first and second down and he can play on third down because he runs well. And he’s fast enough to rush the passer.”
As a horse player, I'm big on past performances. Jerry Reese usually wins in situations such as these. The Bengals' track record is not as impressive.