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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