Rumors swirled throughout the day Wednesday before the deal was announced later in the afternoon. The Giants sent a fifth-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft to the Bengals in exchange for Rivers. Terms of the deal are still unknown. Rivers' contract is set to expire, making him a free agent, after the 2012 NFL season.
A wrist injury kept Rivers on the sidelines for the entire 2011 season. If he can stay healthy, Rivers should answer the Giants' need on the weakside. The move might allow the Giants to move Michael Boley to the middle. Throughout his career, Rivers has proven to be a solid run defender, but has never played in all 16 games in a season.