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Bills add defensive depth with LB Keith Rivers


The Buffalo Bills have made their third acquisition today.

The Bills announced they have signed linebacker Keith Rivers. A source informed me it's a two-year contract worth about $5 million, half of it guaranteed.

Rivers will provide depth at a thin linebacking corps that likely will lose free agent Arthur Moats.

The Cincinnati Bengals made Rivers the ninth overall draft choice in 2008.

The USC star struggled with injuries, playing only seven games before a blindside hit from Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward broke Rivers' jaw. Rivers missed the entire 2011 season with a wrist injury and was traded to the New York Giants for a fifth-round pick.

Rivers started 15 games over the past two seasons with the Giants. He didn't make many big plays, notching one sack, no interceptions, no forced fumbles and two recoveries since the trade.

  • Mike T

    But can he stop the run? Kiko is a great all around linebacker, we just need a good run stuffer, a guy that sits in the middle or outside and does nothing but go after the RB.

    • Brandon

      We need to lock up Brandon spikes

  • Paul Piluso

    I'm not familiar with Rivers, but we need depth at LB. Welcome to the BILLS, Good luck Kieth! I look forward to you bringing your best to Buffalo!

    • BuffaloFan4Life

      I remember watching the draft the year he was chosen in the top 10 overall by the Bengals. I was hoping he might be around for the Bills to draft in the 2nd round. He was highly acclaimed and nobody thought Cinti reached for him.

      I have no idea what the heck happened to him since then, but I hope he joins the gang of disapointing former 1st round draft choices the Bills seem to be stock piling over the past 3 years and turns his career around!

      • Paul Piluso

        I certainly hope so too, for him and the BILLS!

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