Apparently, it doesn’t take long to fall in love with the Big Apple.
At least not for New York Giants linebacker Jon Beason.
Just three weeks after being traded from the Carolina Panthers, Beason is already right at home.
The three-time Pro Bowler told Dave Hutchinson of the Newark Star Ledger the following, via Pro Football Talk:
I don’t plan on going anywhere, ever. Ever. I was talking to [special assistant for player development/assistant coach] Jessie Armstead. I was, ‘Man, when I’m done [playing] I want a job like you.
Whatever it is you do, you’re still wearing the uniform. Thus far, the city has been real cool. It’s a great group of guys. They’ve welcomed me like I was a draft pick here. I’m happy. I want to be contributing.
Beason was previously welcomed that way in Carolina, when he was a first-round pick and quickly become a leader in the middle of the Panthers defense, earning him a large contract. However, because of injuries and the success of Luke Kuechly, Beason was forced to take a pay cut and traded to the Giants. Beason’s restructured contract includes a void after this season, so it’s likely he will be a free agent next season.
However, if Beason can continue to play in the middle, and play well, its possible the Giants would like to keep the veteran linebacker as much as he wants to stay.