There are rumors worth mentioning and rumors worth ignoring. What started as a rumor involving a possible trade of Bengals linebacker Keith Rivers heading to the Giants is now worth paying attention to, with league sources telling NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora that a deal could be completed by the end of Wednesday.
But Garafolo is one of the best reporters in the game, and La Canfora reported that Rivers is a target for a Giants team looking to bolster its linebacking group. Rivers is currently in New York and the Bengals were reportedly looking to move him after re-signing Manny Lawson last week.
Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer wrote Wednesday the "wheels are turning" regarding a possible deal. We can't imagine the Giants would have to give up anything more than a late-round pick to acquire Rivers.
The No. 9 pick in the 2008 Draft, Rivers started his career out strong before Hines Ward famously broke his jaw. Rivers has struggled with injuries since, but he is a talented player. It's possible the Giants could move Michael Boley to middle linebacker if the team acquires Rivers. Linebacker remains one spot the defending champions can clearly improve.
UPDATE: Jason La Canfora of NFL Network News says the deal will happen. The Giants will send their fifth round pick (the last in the round) in exchange for Rivers.