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.
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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