Report: Giants, Panthers close to deal for linebacker Jon Beason

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It’s been a busy week for trades in the NFL and another trade appears on the verge of completion.

According to Jay Glazer of, the New York Giants are closing in on a deal to acquire linebacker Jon Beason from the Carolina Panthers for a late-round draft pick.

A league source tells PFT that Beason is traveling to New York on Friday with the deal hinging on Beason passing a physical with the Giants.

Beason started the first two games of the season for the Panthers before being replaced by former Giants’ linebacker Chase Blackburn for Carolina’s Week 3 matchup with the Giants. Beason hasn’t appeared to be fully healthy this season but the Giants are desperate for help on defense. The physical won’t be just a token part of the deal as Beason is coming off micro-fracture knee surgery last year.

The irony in the move is the Giants elected not to bring back Blackburn this offseason, who played his first eight seasons in New York. Now the Giants could be trading for the guy Blackburn beat out for a job.

56 responses to “Report: Giants, Panthers close to deal for linebacker Jon Beason

  1. Wow.

    One would think to save that draft pick, hope to hit a home run next in the draft and reload to make a another run before Eli’s days grow short.

    Which will be in about 3 years

  2. Man, the Panther’s medical staff must really be down on him. They’re giving up quick after micro fracture surgery.

  3. Someone please explain to me the logic in giving up a draft pick for a broken down linebacker who lost his job to the guy we deemed not fit for our roster. I know things look bleak, but level heads need to prevail and not make decisions out of desperation. Also, it may be time to re-evaluate the coordinators on both sides of the ball. There’s pro bowl caliber talent but a lack of creativity in game calling. Both sides seem stale and predictable.

  4. It is not a bad move, it is for a later rounds draft pick. If Beason can bounce back to his 2010 form, it would be an awesome pick up.

  5. Beason is damaged goods. But when he is healthy, he is very comparable to Patrick Willis. He and Willis were the two best young linebackers in the league while he was kicking around.

    If he can get back to health, consistently, this is a monumental trade for the Giants. Not just their defense.

  6. Desperate is as desperate does. Beason won’t help 0-4 become 1-4, and he won’t be an upgrade over blackburn. Beason was a stud at one time, but that time is over.

  7. Any of the physical limitations that Beason has now will be made up in leadership, which the Giants’ D sorely needs. Besides this dude is going to be hungry, a very prideful guy that has bounced back from numerous serious injuries.

  8. Wow, really? Beason is a good player, definitely a step above bringing in guys like aaron curry for a shot. should have done this in the offseason when teams like the dolphins and chiefs were signing everyone and making moves to improve their rosters.(combined 7-1, go figure)

  9. I love how we got a guy in our GM who knows how to manipulate the mighty Blue by taking their commodities and heaving our scraps onto their pile.

  10. Report: Giants start the season 0-5 after a crushing defeat by America’s Philadelphia Eagles.

  11. Remember a few years back when Patrick Willis was linebacker 1a and Beason 1b? This could be a good deal for the Giants, pending the terms. Then again micro fracture recovery is unpredictable.

  12. I’d say “how the mighty have fallen” but in reality, even when they won those two Super Bowls they weren’t all that mighty. So, “Oh, how the lucky have fallen!” Let’s see them get hot at the right time now… HAHAHA!!!

  13. Yeah, great move, Jerry! Sign the broken down guy who lost his job to the guy you let go. No wonder the Giants are such a mess. One idiotic move after another, and God forbid you should actually DRAFT a LB early on, but no….you felt that a QB in the 4th was far more important.

  14. No confidence in Herzlich if they are going after an injured Beason. Feel good story is over and ST is where he has graded out at finally. Still a success story no matter what….just not a starter. A healthy Beason will be a huge upgrade.

  15. What a steal for the Giants! This guy just didn’t want to play in Carolina anymore. All-Pro potential for nothing in return.

  16. I hate to say I told you so but I kept saying in preseason that my Giants were finished. The Manning era is over. When the Giants are trading for washed up LBs with bum knees they might as well call of the rest of the season.

    Tuck, Kiwanuka, Manning, Baas, Snee, JPP and Nicks have had great careers. They got Super Bowl rings but their time is done.

  17. Fantastic. Give up a draft pick for another injured vet that might play a couple of games before not making the team next year. Yep, sounds like Jerry Reese, alright.

  18. This guy was great when he was healthy, but the key word’s was. He hasn’t been for awhile.

    The Giants desperation is showing, but if all they have to give away is a late round pick, I dont see why not. Its not like its the end of the world if they miss out on the next Da’Rel Scott or Matt McCants. I like the move, but I wont be entirely surprised if this turns out to be a bust either.

  19. Beason is a great guy and I feel sorry for him. I know he wanted to play out his career in Carolina. But that is what Hurney used to do; hang on to players too long. He should have been cut 2 years ago. He has worked hard to come back from all his injuries but he is a step slower now and he can’t help it. I wish him all the best. Too bad he has to go up to new york. That team is in shambles.

  20. Wait, are you sure you mean the Giants and not the Jets here? Cause this really seems like something the Jets would have done…not the Giants.

    It takes some kind of screw-ups to release a guy, and then have to trade for, essentially the guy who backs up the guy who you released. Man the NFC East is seriously screwed up.

    Of course I think it’s still not as dumb as holding on to a guy in the off-season to be your starting QB, whom you really don’t want as your starting QB, only to have to release him outright and pay his full salary less than 5 weeks into the season. It’s close, but the Bucs still win this race to the bottom.

  21. He was a beast before the injury and when he was an outside linebacker. If the Giants put him back in that spot and he can get healthy, hopefully he’ll be able to be a great player again.

  22. When are the Eagles gonna send a 6th and 7th to KC and Sea for Eric Berry and Earl Thomas?

  23. Beason is a shell of his former self, and hasn’t been healthy for 3 years. He was going to be released at season’s end, anyway. Good move by the Panthers getting something for him.

  24. I don’t understand why the Giants want him. They aren’t going anywhere with him on the roster so why give anything up to get him?

  25. The issue is that he had microfracture surgery, and no one has ever had that surgery and returned to an elite level, and most never return at all (think Grady Sizemore). I’m surprised the Giants even want him. Jerry Reese must owe Dave Gettleman something huge…

  26. Being a Panther Fan, It stinks to see such a passionate football player get traded. We are stacked at LB so it makes sense to give him the chance to start somewhere else. He hasn’t been healthy since I think 2010. If he can stay healthy, the Giants got a guy that plays all out and his leadership will be huge for the LB core. We wish you well Jon Beason. Stay healthy buddy and get back on the field!!!

  27. Good trade for the Panthers. They were going to let him go next year and he was not a contributor this year. I live in Charlotte, NC and have watched Panthers football for years and for the last couple of years, due to injury and age, Beason has been in decline. To Giants fans: this is not a steal.

  28. The Giants seem to be picking up a lot of 1st round flops lately, at least this guy made a few pro bowls..

    It’s a good deal for both teams really, Beason can’t play on the bench in Carolina, so this was his last year there anyways. Carolina might as well try to get something for him.
    Giants are obviously still looking for Lightning in a bottle… The Giants LB’s are terrible, and I think Reese thought he could get away with it because at the time he thought he had a defensive front that could be a nightmare.. Now that they can’t get pressure, he needs good play at the LB position and that’s MIA… Honestly I hope they cut Herzlich.. He has a great comeback story, but he stinks in coverage, he cant get off blocks, and when he does make a tackle its 6-8yards past the line of scrimmage….

  29. Another desperate move by Reese. Beasons best days are far behind him. Two straight years of knee injuries ruined his career. Just goes to show you how bad the linebackers for the Giants are.

    Hell if they want to take a chance on a MLB go after the McClain the kid that “retired” this year from the Ravens. He is no more of risk then Beason.

    Reese = failure when it comes to finding quality LBs.

  30. @justintuckrule – I agree with your assessment of Tuck, Kiwi and Snee. Their best days are far behind them and the Giants should cut ties with them at the end of the season or even try to move Tuck or Kiwi to a team for some low round picks.

    As for Eli, he still has plent left. He can’t do anything from his back. A change in the offense will benefit him. Gilbrides offense is terrible and has run its course in NY. The Giants need to get a young creative OC. The current offense is predicated on play action and attacking downfield, something you can do with a good oline and running game. However the Giants have neither. If Coughlin or Gilbride had any creativity they would do to a quick passing game and use 3/4 WR sets and try to get Wilson matched up with LBs. Instead we want to keep running play action trying to attack the second and third levels of defenses. Not going to happen with our current oline.

    As for Nicks, the Giants should try to move him in a trade. Carolina would be a perfect spot for him. He is from Charlotte and if we could get back a 3rd round pick that would be the route to go with him. We can’t tie up money in him and Cruz.

  31. buckyr64 says:
    Oct 4, 2013 12:55 AM

    Someone please explain to me the logic in giving up a draft pick for a broken down linebacker who lost his job to the guy we deemed not fit for our roster. I know things look bleak, but level heads need to prevail and not make decisions out of desperation. Also, it may be time to re-evaluate the coordinators on both sides of the ball. There’s pro bowl caliber talent but a lack of creativity in game calling. Both sides seem stale and predictable



    In the Giants’ first SB with Eli and Co, there were a bunch of unknowns in the team. Yes, the team now appears to be in disarray especially starting the season without a single win and the players, essentially, should be held accountable. But, and as stated above, the offense and defense have been very predictable and just lacks any punch.

    Teams figure things out easily, hey even a wildcat offense is not that difficult to decipher these days. What makes them think teams haven’t figured out their offensive schemes? I am not completely positive but I think aside from all the other negatives, the G-men may actually lead the league in 3 and outs as well. I bleed blue but I think this team is at a point to make some changes, but this trade is not one of them. The OC and DC both make uninspiring calls and I don’t understand why they still have a job. Jerry Reese have made some good moves via past drafts, he needs to make a couple more and move on from the current coordinators.

  32. No one EVER comes back 100% healthy from a microfracture surgery. they would be lucky as hell to even play their respective sports again. Beason is not and will never be the same Beason. GIANTS are fools to give a up a potential LB in the draft for Beason. Fools I tell you.

  33. We haven’t had success with late round picks since Bradshaw in 07 so I think it’s worth the gamble. If anything, we need a fresh hungry voice on that side of the ball.

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