CLEVELAND - OCTOBER 03: Running back Peyton Hillis #40 of the Cleveland Browns runs away from linebacker Keith Rivers #55 of the Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 3 2010 in Cleveland Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
Earlier on Wednesday a rumor surfaced that the Star-Ledger's Mike Garafolo couldn't dispute, sending Bengals weak-side linebacker Keith Rivers to the New York Giants in a trade that we assume would be for a late-round draft selection (fifth or later we presume). For the Bengals it made sense. The position was crowded and there's a reasonable argument to project that Rivers simply wasn't in Cincinnati's plans anyway.
ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter recently tweeted that the Bengals were exploring a trade with the Giants, sending Rivers to New York. More interestingly is that Jason La Canfora with the NFL Network reported Wednesday that the rumored trade "could get completed by the end of the day."
If the trade indeed happens, the Bengals will have eight linebackers under contract. And there's a good chance that if he's available with Cincinnati's second first-round pick, Marvin Lewis could pull the trigger on Alabama's Courtney Upshaw.
Things are definitely getting interesting.