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Vets Of Cincinnati: Keith Rivers Restructured Deal With The Giants Is Worth $1.25 Million

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ATLANTA - OCTOBER 24:  Michael Turner #33 of the Atlanta Falcons scores a touchdown past Keith Rivers #55 of the Cincinnati Bengals at Georgia Dome on October 24 2010 in Atlanta Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA - OCTOBER 24: Michael Turner #33 of the Atlanta Falcons scores a touchdown past Keith Rivers #55 of the Cincinnati Bengals at Georgia Dome on October 24 2010 in Atlanta Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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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).

The one-year, $1.25 million deal LB Keith Rivers signed with the Giants included a base salary of only $650,000. #NYG 2 hours ago via Twitter for iPhone · Reply · Retweet · Favorite · powered by @socialditto

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.