Dec 22, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Giants middle linebacker Jon Beason (52) against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: New York Giants looking to keep LB Jon Beason


Last season, veteran linebacker Jon Beason was a nice surprise for the New York Giants after he was traded to the Big Apple from the Carolina Panthers where he had spent his entire NFL career. Now, with the NFL Free Agency period looming right ahead, Beason has now become a top priority for the team to have on their roster come the 2014 season.

According to a report from John Ranaan of NJ.com, the team is just about all-in on making sure this comes to fruition.

The Giants are concentrating their efforts on a deal with soon-to-be-free-agent linebacker Jon Beason, two people with knowledge of the situation told NJ.com. In the meantime, the remainder of their 21 unrestricted free agents have been put on the back burner.

Last season, Beason started 11 games for the Giants where he recorded 93 tackles. Although he’s only 29, he has a long list of injuries in his past, meaning that the Big Blue shouldn’t have much of an issue in getting the deal done to keep him in New York.

At this point for the Giants, though, all the experience in the world wouldn’t hurt.

 

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  • Joseph Bulger

    Beason was a pleasant surprise, with so many pundits convinced he was damaged goods and wouldn’t contribute much at all since the Panthers kept Giants castoff Chase Blackburn instead of Beason. Fortunately they were very wrong. But that said, the Giants must fully appreciate what a reprieve he is at Linebacker and use his availability to reevaluate and reinvigorate their linebacking corps around and behind him. The Giants did well acquiring starters in Paysinger as a UFA and Williams in the 6th round, but if the corps is to be more of a force against the run and effective in pass defense the Giants must bite the bullet and commit to a substantial investment in talent. It wouldn’t appear from past drafts that JR and Marc Ross are astute evaluators of college linebacker talent, so while FA is probably the best answer for them, there aren’t a lot of great 4-3 linebackers in FA to be had in 2014.