Jon Beason takes pay cut


When veteran players coming off injuries have their jobs taken away from them, “restructuring” their contract is usually a euphemism.

That seems to be the case with Panthers linebacker Jon Beason.

According to Pat Yasinskas of, Beason’s new deal basically involved turning his $5.25 million base salary into a $1 million guaranteed base, with no adjustments to future years.

Beason’s played five games since cashing in his six-year, $51 million contract after the lockout, plagued by shoulder and knee problems.

And with last year’s first-rounder Luke Kuechly taking over in the middle and moving him to the outside, Beason didn’t have nearly the leverage to expect the full amount of the old deal.

UPDATE 6:54 p.m. ET: A league source tells PFT that in addition to the $1 million guaranteed base salary, Beason also will get a $500,000 roster bonus on Saturday and a $250,000 workout bonus, and he can get up to $1.75 million in per-game roster bonuses and a $500,000 Pro Bowl bonus.

6 responses to “Jon Beason takes pay cut

  1. well I’d take Beason, Keuchly, Davis over 49ers linebackers anyday. Sorry, don’t get butt hurt San Fransico fans(no pun intended?), but Panthers linebacking core is the best in the NFL.

  2. explosionsauce says:
    Jul 26, 2013 5:51 PM
    I remember people touting him as a better MLB than Willis. Ha!
    And until he blew out his Achilles in the second game of ’11, he was.

    Beason took his cue from Thomas Davis, who signed a minimal base, incentive-laden contract last year when he was coming off the third ACL tear. Davis played all year and is almost as good as he was before the first ACL. I expect Beason to do the same, and he’ll be a big factor on 11/10, when our LBs show you 49ers fans what an elite LB group looks like as they dance all over your offense.

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