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New York Giants, Carolina Panthers Complete Trade for LB Jon Beason; Passes Physical

October 4th, 2013 at 4:51 PM
By Doug Rush

Jon Beason has passed his physical and is officially a member of the New York Giants.

The trade between the Carolina Panthers and the Giants was first reported late Thursday night/early Friday morning in which the Giants were going to acquire the three-time Pro Bowl linebacker in exchange for a late conditional draft pick, as Michael David Smith of NBC's Pro Football Talk reported. 

"Jon Beason is a New York Giant. A league source tells PFT that the trade of Beason from the Panthers to the Giants has been completed after Beason passed his physical today."

Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News confirmed that Beason did in fact pass his physical on Friday and due to the fact that the Giants are severely hit with injuries this week, the team could have Beason activated and playing on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles even though he has yet to practice with the team.

"Giants may have to activate Jon Beason Sunday, simply due to numbers. But he will enter the game having not practiced w/Giants at all. #NYG," he tweeted.

Beason played the first two games for the Panthers this season, but was replaced as the starter ironically enough by former Giant veteran Chase Blackburn, which lead to Panthers GM Dave Gettleman putting Beason on the trading block and then getting the phone call from Jerry Reese to talk about a potential deal since the Giants have had virtually no depth at the linebacker position.

Beason was considered one of the best linebackers in the sport from 2007-2010 before getting hit with injuries and was placed on season-ending injures reserve with an Achilles tear. Over the last three years, Beason has only played in seven total games; three of which were in the 2013 season, so the Giants know the risk they are taking in acquiring a player who has been very injury prone over the last couple of years.

Back in 2011, Beason signed a five-year, $50 deal with $25 million guaranteed, but during the off-season to avoid being released, Beason agreed to take a pay cut, as he went from just a little over $4 million down to $1 million in base salary. His contract is also voidable after the regular season if the Giants do not want to keep him past the season.

Many have been skeptical on the deal because of the injuries. However, if he is can resemble the player that was a dominant tackling machine in Carolina, then the Giants will be fortunate that they pulled the trigger on this deal since they didn't give up a major draft pick to get him.

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38 Responses to “New York Giants, Carolina Panthers Complete Trade for LB Jon Beason; Passes Physical”

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  1.  bluetick says:

    I’m with “Dirt”. After Denver beats Dallas and we crush the Eagles, we are only 1 game out of first place. Onward and upward!

  2.  ERICHONIUS says:

    I think the dysfunction in the front office, with regards to the oline, mostly falls on Coughlin. We have seen tons of examples where he sticks with players way past the point they should be taken off the field. Also, we know the organization is structured so that JR works with TC to set up draft needs and evaluation of talent. I truly think this is an outcome of TC’s loyalty to incumbent starters. I am sure JR is asking TC if he thinks Deihl or Snee are capable of performing at a high level and if their positions are in need of upgrading through the draft. If allowed, TC would have “his guys” out there even if they were confined to a wheelchair.
    The reason we are in this situation is because of INJURY! We have drafted well, trust me It wasn’t some fluke that JPP had 16 sacks in his first season as a starter. It’s no fluke that Eli threw for almost 5000 yards in 2011; who was he throwing to? Wr’s JR brought in. Was it just a fluke that Stevie Brown broke out here? How about Kawika Mitchell, Ballard, Cruz, Derrick Ward, bennett? All who were picked up for peanuts and produced big time? Yes, we have had some misses in the draft and in FA, But it isn’t like this team has been unsuccessful because of the level of talent. It has been injury after injury that has caused this team to miss the playoffs. The busts in the draft and in FA have mostly been due to injury.
    In conclusion, this team has a good if not great front office. I would argue that it is the medical staff whose heads we should be calling for! After that, perhaps we need better internal scouting with Coughlin playing less of a role.

  3.  KingAndrewXXIII says:

    From Rotoworld:

    Giants acquired LB Jon Beason from the Panthers in exchange for an undisclosed late-round draft pick in 2014.

    In desperation mode at 0-4 and having surrendered the most points in football, the G-Men anticipate Beason eventually taking over as their starting middle linebacker, upgrading on Mark Herzlich. Time will tell whether it’s a pipe dream, but our guess is it is. Beason’s ability is gone at age 28 due to Achilles’ and microfracture surgeries. This could easily be another failed rehab project a la Aaron Curry by suddenly-struggling GM Jerry Reese.

    Empasis on the last line “suddenly-struggling GM Jerry Reese.” If this is for a 6th or 7th round pick, I am okay with it…because in all likelihood whoever we picked there probably wouldn’t ever see the field anyways. How does no one know what the conditional pick is? I honestly doubt that Beason has much impact this season, but we will see. Really concerned about this Eagles game. Even for the optimists, this is a make-or-break it type of game. We lose this one and there’s ZERO chance we go to Chicago next Thursday and beat the Bears. If there was ever a game for the players to be “all in” it’s this Sunday.

  4.  Sonny Mukhopadhyay says:

    I’m sorry, I don’t drink Kool-Aid and I’m not part of the blind “In Reese we trust” school. We let go of a guy (Blackburn) that beat out an injury prone past his prime back up, whom we just traded a draft pick for.

    Hello Keith Rivers ? You there ? Is this the success you dreamed of ?

    TC needs to make adjustments (getting rid of Fewell and Gildbride, who is now the longest tenured O.C. in the NFL) would have been a start, but anyways…

    We have guys getting hurt, and we lack LBs, corrections, we lack GOOD Lbs and we have no O-Line.

    We’ve needed LBs for years, but we skimped, we went bargain shopping at the dollar store and keep getting junk, its not antiques, its junk.

    We need O-Line help, and what do we have ? Guys who are closer to collection their pensions then collecting post season paychecks.

    We have the oldest O-Line in the league, who the hell is surprised that they have been injury plagued ????

    Thats like buying a 1922 Model T and saying you are stunned, stunned that it might need new parts.

    We’ve put ourselves in this spot, there is plenty of blame to go around. From coordinators who are to stubborn to adjust their schemes to the available talent to a refusal to even make in game adjustments to compensate for what becomes painfully obvious.

    I don’t think the season is over, I do think this team needs to make schematic changes and adjustments in light of the personnel that is available on game day and in regards to what abilities they do and don’t have. Then get to the off season and start drafting PROPERLY to fill in the OBVIOUS HOLES that are long overdue.

    •  ERICHONIUS says:

      I would say that the real problem with our defense is the DL not LB and our lack of a pass rush. After that I would say it is the time of possession and fatigue that sets in as the game progresses. I would say the LB’s are a problem that ranks WAY down the list.

      The offensive line WAS addressed this off season. In fact everyone was angry that we wasted our first pick on a “borderline player”, Pugh, instead of drafting a DT. I don’t think anyone expected the oline being THIS bad. In fact all we needed was mediocre returns from Snee and Baas but instead it turns out they no longer can compete. At all. Then we have had a terrible outing by Beatty in the Carolina game. The real problem is the fact that we have HUGE longtime commitments to Snee and Diehl as well as new large commitments to Baas and Beatty and, logically, there is only so much money you can pour into the OL without having problems.
      Also, remember that there have been many holes that needed filling over the last 5 years because of the superbowls and players leaving for big contracts, or injuries.

  5.  TroyThorne says:

    Does he come with a time machine?

  6.  JBeast says:

    I don’t think Beason will be more than a little better than what we have now this will not improve or worsen the out look of the season.

    I do want to go on record and say i DO believe the giants WILL win this sunday and beat the eagles 32 -24. This will be Wilson’s break out game of the season and the D will limit McCoy to about 100 total yards and keep Djax under 60 total yards.

  7.  Msoto says:

    Chase Blackburn isn’t in the same league athletically as beason, even after micro fracture surgery. And we gave away nothing for him. I don’t understand all the negative bs.

  8.  skinnydoogan says:

    Any idea how Murphy gets hurt when he doesn’t even play? Practice? This is frightening.

  9.  skinnydoogan says:

    So behind Mcbride, Amakamura, and TT who are our corners? Is anyone else concerned about this?

    •  KingAndrewXXIII says:

      The kid Charles James from the practice squad could be getting activated…and I actually really liked him in the preseason. Was surprised he didn’t make the team actually…he is also a nice PR/KR.

  10.  skinnydoogan says:

    Where all the other pessimists?

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