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Jon Beason Remains Very Hopeful of Re-Signing with New York Giants

January 11th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Douglas Rush

When Jon Beason was traded back on October 4 from his long-time home with the Carolina Panthers to the New York Giants, the veteran middle linebacker immediately fell in love with the team and city and declared how he wanted to end his career in blue.

With the 2013 season now over and Beason getting almost a full season worth of playing with the team, he remains very adamant about staying with the Giants and told the media on Friday how much he wants to re-sign with the team for next season and beyond.

“I know it’s something that we both want to get done,” he said. “We’ve expressed interest that they want me back and I told them that we want to be back. The thing about it is, it’s got to work for both parties. Though you anticipate that it will, you never know. So for me right now it’s a waiting game. It’s early. The season is still going on and a lot of things will happen between now and March 11. So all is well. I’ll be playing ball next year and hopefully I’m a Giant.”

A few weeks ago, there were reports circulating that there was a strong likelihood that Beason would re-sign with the Giants during the offseason and as right now, the two sides have had preliminary talks about a new contract.

The deal that sent a seventh round draft pick to the Panthers in exchange for the 28-year-old could not have gone any better for the Giants, as they were not only able to get a play-maker in the middle of their defense, but they may have found the guy that discovered the talent that had him in same discussion with Patrick Willis as one of the best middle linebackers in the sport.

In the 12 games that he played for the Giants, Beason had 93 total tackles with one interception; he also had 11 tackles in three games with the Panthers which gave him 104 for the season. The last time Beason had those kind of numbers was back in the 2010 season; the last time he was fully healthy when he had 121 total tackles for the Panthers.

After signing a five-year, $50 million deal with Carolina before the 2011 season, he tore his Achilles tendon in September of that season and landed him on injured reserve. While trying to come back from injuries, Beason lost his starting linebacker spot to Luke Kuechly in the 2013 season and was limited to just four games.

In 2013, Beason lost the outside linebacker job to former Giant and Super Bowl hero Chase Blackburn and thus, putting Beason on the trading block with the Giants calling with interest and the trade going through before their Week 5 game against the Philadelphia Eagles back in October. Many had questioned the move and wondered if Beason had anything left in the tank, but Beason was a huge reason why the Giants defense went from being one of the worst in the league to being the eighth overall ranked defense in the 2013 season, thus making him a priority to re-sign.

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Tags: Carolina, Carolina Panthers, Chase Blackburn, Football, Jon Beason, Luke Kuechly, New York, New York Giants, NFL

9 Responses to “Jon Beason Remains Very Hopeful of Re-Signing with New York Giants”

  1.  Krow says:

    The problem is his old contract with the Panthers. No one pays LBs $10 million. More like half that. I can’t imagine what they were thinking. But since it’s out there I’m guessing it will lure Beason to test the free agent waters. We may still sign him … and I hope we do … but I think it won’t be soon.

    •  Krow says:

      Details are a bit sketchy, but it looks like Patrick Willis gets around $7.6 per year on a 7 year deal. And he’s generally regarded as the best ILB in football. Beason is a few years older … coming of a couple injure plagued years … but still seems able to play at a remarkably high level.

      My guess … we’re talking $5/6 mil a year … but not a lot guaranteed because of medical concerns. Can’t see there being any crazy offers. LBs don’t generate that much interest. We still have to be prepared to lay out some cash though. A lowball offer won’t cut it.

  2.  James Stoll says:

    The most important offseason signing of them all
    Can you imagine them not finding the $$ to retain Beason, but letting Snee continue on the roster?

    • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

      Allow me to address your Eli comments.

      There is 0% chance that Eli gets released. If there were a less than 0 percentage, that’s what I would give it. Manning will be restructured/extended and deservedly so. I know people want to slam the guy at every turn, and some around here lead that charge, but everyone in the know and most analysts all agree that most of Eli’s problems stemmed from a league-worst offensive line, a lack of a running game, no depth at tight end and wildly inconsistent wide receivers that ranked near the league lead in dropped passes.

      So let’s just put the notion of Eli being released to bed. I have a better chance of surviving a plane crash, winning the lotto twice and being struck by lightning three times all in the same day than Eli being released.

    •  Krow says:

      If they’re serious about winning then they have a few difficult roster decisions to make. Son-in-law tops the list. Not only does he drain over $7 mil out of the cap but can you imagine the locker room impact? How do you talk salary to anyone? How do you get them to buy into ‘team first’? There’s no credibility if they don’t deal with this properly.

      •  BillyS says:

        Snee definitely gets overpaid and it’s rather unfair to other players. He’s got all of that dead money and doesn’t deserve it anymore. They may just have to bite the bullet and rebuild the line via the draft because I’m sure they could find someone in the 4th round who could, at the very least, give us what Snee gave us last year…and at a fraction of the cost. I’d rather put the saved $$ towards Beason. I think $5 mil a year is a good price for Beason. If he didn’t have the injury history then I could see him getting much more than that (and at the very least a lot more guarantee $$), but he still is an injury risk. It would be like signing T2 to a huge deal and loading it up with tons of guaranteed money. Solid player, but also risky in the long term.

    •  kujo says:

      I sorta thought the same thing the other day.

  3.  rlhjr says:

    I thought paying him 5.5 to 6.0 would be just fine. Especially in light of what Willis and other high performers make at the position.

    The question as always is will anyone take the bait? It’s no secret that this guy could still play. Kuechly is a hell of a player. He’s also cheap right now. Blackburn’s price was right too. The Panthers really did not want to pay Beason.

    I’d love to keep this guy. Because he is capable of raising the level of play of those around him. The guy is “almost” a superstar caliber player. He’s one Reese and Ross should study closely. Because they need to draft a player very much like him within the next two years. Basically Antonio Pierce with above average athletic ability.

  4.  JIMMIE D says:

    Does Beason look like he plays similar to Tuck level, who wil be 29 at the en of the month?
    Hell no! Beason plays like he is on a mission very play, took over the mike, and took over the defensive as a leader and example!
    This guy will be re-signed ad Snee restructured 3 imes last year down to 1.5M, unless the NYDNs is wrong, maybe Dan Benton could find out Snee’s contract details? HEY DAN?


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