We've always had a rather distant fascination with former Cincinnati Bengals players. Whether it's observing the depressing and endless recoveries of Reggie Williams or the saga gone west in quarterback Carson Palmer, it's like a continuation of characters after the movie ends. Despite our dislike with some of the players, there was a time we cheered for them (well we probably cheered for them).
The Cincinnati Bengals recently shipped linebacker Keith Rivers to the New York Giants in exchange for New York's fifth-round pick (No. 167) during the 2012 NFL Draft. Rivers promptly restructured his existing deal, according to Ralph Vacchiano, which is worth $1.25 million with a base salary of $650,000 through 2012 (with a possible 2013 voidable year).
Rivers was originally slated to earn $2.16 million in base salary with the Bengals, but with a reported heavy cap hit of $3.855 million.