When the New York Giants acquired linebacker Jon Beason from the Carolina Panthers in early October, it was reportedly done so for a late-round pick. That pick has ranged, based on rumor and speculation, from as low as a sixth-round pick to as high as a fifth-round pick. However, it is now being reported by The Star-Ledger that General Manager Jerry Reese was able to bring Beason in for only a seventh-round pick.
In other words, Beason has been a steal. A steal that has, thus far, served the Giants exceptionally well.
"He’s again upbeat, has that personality, an outgoing personality, a very confident personality. He’s had success in the game. He loves the game. He speaks with an aura of authority of having been there," Tom Coughlin recently said of Beason. "I think the players have responded well to his aggressive style. Let’s face it, he’s an aggressive football player. He’s looking to make hits and tackles and I think the players have responded to that."
Considering what Beason has brought to the table, how players have responded and how it has transformed the Giants defense, it's a seventh-round pick well spent. And even if Beason turns out to be a rental — which seems unlikely as he wants to retire a Giant — it's been a good investment that has, at least for the moment, saved Big Blue's divisional hopes.
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