The trade comes on the eve of the Giants playing their NFC East rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium in Week 5 and the Giants will be looking to get their first win of 2013, as they currently sit at 0-4.
The 28-year-old Beason is a former first-round draft pick of the Panthers back in the 2007 NFL Draft and came on strong in his first four seasons; as he recorded 120 or more tackles in each year before running into injury problems.
Both the fans and media have been 50-50 on the trade, as they have found both the pros and cons of the deal for Beason, as while he comes with great risk, he also comes with great reward because of the talent and abilities he had on the field. So with that, lets evaluate the deal and look at the pros and cons of Beason with the Giants:
- He's still only 28-years-old and not over the age of 30, which for a middle linebacker spot, is seen as still the prime years of a players career at that position, and with that, Beason could provide the Giants a few more seasons of play if he were able to get back to the level he once played at when he was with Carolina.
- Beason only cost the Giants a late-round conditional draft pick, whereas if the deal had cost the team anywhere between a first and third round pick, fans would have been demanding Jerry Reese to be fired on the spot, whereas this deal could be either a fifth, sixth or seventh round pick.
- On talent and ability alone, Beason is a much better player than Mark Herzlich and Dan Connor; Connor was placed on season-ending injured reserve just after the team's Week 1 game against the Dallas Cowboys with a neck injury, which forced Herzlich to become the starter on the team; a role he is not suited to be in due to lack of ability. Beason is an immediate upgrade over Herzlich and better suited to start over him.
- Beason isn't an expensive player for the Giants to pick up, as he's only making $1 million from the pay cut he took during the offseason when he was with Carolina, which is down from the $4 million he would have been making. His deal is also voidable after the season, so if it doesn't work out with him after the year, the Giants can simply cut him.
- Despite injuries, Beason still has the ability to track down a ball carrier and make a play in the open field. It's taking him a little bit longer than expected to get his feet wet again since he's recovering from the microfracture surgery of the offseason, but in his limited time on the field, Beason's football abilities and senses are still there, it's just taking being on the field to get him used to get back in the swing of a regular schedule.
- Beason was healthy enough to pass the physical, which is a major positive. If he didn't, then the deal ends up getting negated and Beason stays in Carolina and who knows what happens with his future with the team. But he passed the physical on Friday with the Giants, which allowed the trade to be completed.
- Beason has played in just seven games since the 2010 season due to injuries, as he tore his Achilles in the 2011 season, which put him on season-ending injured reserve after playing just one game and four games in 2012.
- As mentioned earlier, Beason was removed as the starter for former Giants veteran Chase Blackburn, who the Giants didn't re-sign in the offseason due to contractual differences; Blackburn wanted at least two years while the Giants were only willing to offer one year, and thus, Blackburn relocated to Charlotte and eventually took over the starting job, which has prompted the fans to ask; did the Giants make a mistake in letting Blackburn walk?
- Beason's coverage skills are not the greatest, and although it's better than Herzlich's, Beason doesn't exactly light up the world on defense when he's matched up one-on-one against a tight end or running back. Thankful for him, his speed is still there and he can get to defenders, but being able to go down the field and cover them right now might be asking a but much for both the Giants and Beason.
- He has yet to practice for the Giants, but because of injuries and the lack of depth at the position, the Giant may have no other choice but to force him into the lineup immediately, and since he hasn't gotten a chance to practice for the team since being acquired so close to game time, how effective of an impact will Beason be able to be, especially against Philadelphia.
- Beason had microfracture surgery back in October, which is why he only played in four games last season. The Giants have seen some of their former players go through microfracture surgery; Steve Smith and Kenny Phillips. Smith never fully recovered from the surgery, although Phillips was able to still come back and play at a high level, but he eventually ran into more injury problems and eas cut by the Eagles in the summer and is now out of football. Would Beason fall into that category, or can he be the one who makes it back with ability still intact.
For a low-round draft pick, Jerry Reese felt that with the injuries and lack of production outside of Spencer Paysinger last weekend at linebacker, he had no choice but to pull the trigger on this deal and he called an old familiar name in Gettleman, who was a member of the Giants front office staff as one of the directors of pro scouting before taking the Panthers general manager job, and managed to work out a trade with very little complications.
For the Giants, they are hoping to catch lightning in a bottle with Beason and hope he reverts back to his form and sometimes, a new stadium and system can do wonders for a player, especially a team like the Giants, who have a rich history of talented linebackers like Lawrence Taylor, Jesse Armstead, Carl Banks, Harry Carson among many others. For Beason's sake, he will look to make a significant enough of an impact to where he can have his name even mentioned in that group, but in order for him to have that happen, he has to play like he did from 2007-2010.
Giants fans all over need to remember; this trade won't be determined based off of one or even two games because one; Beason is in a new defensive system with Perry Fewell, and two; he's still on the comeback trail from the knee surgery, so some patience might be needed to really determine and evaluate how much Beason can really give the Giants in 2013.
However, if Beason can get over the injuries, and be even 75-80 percent of what he once was with the Panthers, then the Giants are getting a tremendous talent and upgrade at middle linebacker and gives the team the kind of play-maker they have lacked since Antonio Pierce's retirement. For now, give Reese the benefit of looking elsewhere to improve the team, but if it blows up in his face, the Giants GM will deserve quite a bit of blame for looking at Week 5 to address the position whereas he didn't in a proper place like the draft.
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