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What Will It Cost for New York Giants to Keep Jon Beason?

February 14th, 2014 at 6:55 AM
By Doug Rush

If you ask a lot of the fans of the New York Giants right now which of the current crop of free agents they would like to keep the most, the most common answer you would hear would be Jon Beason.

As much as some want to keep Justin Tuck, Linval Joseph and even Hakeem Nicks, the one name most fans say that is a priority is Beason. The veteran linebacker was acquired in early October in a deal with the Carolina Panthers that cost the Giants all of a seventh-round draft pick and helped turn a defense that at one time, was ranked 31st in the league and finished eighth overall.

While a lot of people thought he was done given that his last full season in the NFL was back in 2010, Beason used the trade to the Giants as his second chance to show every single doubter in the league that he was far from done and still had a lot left in the tank and made ever bit of his stint with the Giants count in 2013. In the 12 games that he played in New York, he totaled for 93 tackles and one interception and ended up with 104 for the season, the first time he reached over 100 since his last healthy season, which was again, back in 2010.

Beason took a very early liking to New York and made it very clear that he wanted to remain a Giant for the remainder of his career and even thought he could join the team as a coach or advisor in some capacity after his playing career was over, but the short time he spent in New York made Beason fall in love with the team, city and the aura that came with playing in New Jersey. Now that the season is over and with less than a month until free agency begins, the Giants have plenty of time to try and work out a deal with the now 29-year-old middle linebacker and lock him up for the next couple of seasons.

But what's the price tag going to be for Beason? He made roughly around $3.25 million in 2013 and likely would be due for a pay raise given how he returned to the elite, play-making form that for several years, made him one of the best middle linebackers in the entire sport. It's tough to use previous deals that the Giants have signed in the past only because the last couple of linebackers they signed long-term in Antonio Pierce (five years, $26 in 2005) and Michael Boley (five years, $25 million in 2009), they were both 26 at the time, whereas Beason is three years older than that and is finally shaking off the label of being injury prone. With that said, Beason's as vital to that eighth-ranked defense and the team knows it.

If Beason is true to his word, then perhaps a four-year deal for $19.5 million would be enough get things done, or if the Giants want to sweeten the deal, a five-year deal for $23.5 million with around $11 million guaranteed. With that, it raises his pay to a shade over $4 million per season and it will give Beason the chance to continue his success with the Giants and potentially, finish his career with the team, which is what he wanted from the moment he arrived back in October.

Giants general manager Jerry Reese alluded to the fact that he was going to try and sign some of his own players before the March 11 starting date for free agency and Beason likely is one he wants to keep off the market and with the team, so if both sides are open to a deal that favors both parties, it could be only a matter of time before Beason does re-sign. Last year, the Giants re-signed Will Beatty to his five-year deal back on February 27, which was well before last year's starting time to free agency back on March 11, so the next two weeks could be a pivotal time for the Giants to pick up the negotiations with themselves and Beason and convince him that he needs to stick around and help the team win another championship.

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11 Responses to “What Will It Cost for New York Giants to Keep Jon Beason?”

  1.  jerseyrich says:

    There are currently 15 MLB’s making more than 5 mill per year, with the average guaranteed money being roughly 2-3 mill per year. The 5 year deal you mentioned would probably be enough, but I think the 11 mill guaranteed would probably be too low. That guaranteed money would probably need to be a solid 15. 3mill per year guaranteed would put Beason in about the top 5-7 MLB’s as far as guaranteed money is concerned.

  2.  rlhjr says:

    Of all the players professing wanting to stay with the Giants, I feel Beason and Rolle are two who really mean it. I hope Kujo is right about his feel for Joseph wanting to stay with the team.

    The deal for Beason discussed above I think (without capology degree) would work for both sides. Basically, give Beason a 1.25 million raise. Then throw him a 10 mil signing check. Beason is a pro and he understands the business end of the game. The moment he can no longer go side line to side line and stuff the run he’s done.
    I would (if I were Reese) be happy to pay Beason 4.5 to 5.0 a year for his services.

    Jon Beason has the rare ability to lead, and play the game at close to elite athletic level. Last but not least, he makes his team mates better and incites them into an angry but disciplined mob on the field. His influence helped Paysinger and I think any young linebacker under his tutelage will turn out well provided he’s talented athletically and mentally. Like cough Khalil cough Mack cough…..LOL

  3.  JBeast3 says:

    I hope and pray we resign Beason! 4-5 mil per is the price tag. As stated above he makes players around him better mainly, but not only, the LBs. I do think we need to draft another LB preferably and OLB either round 3 or 4 and next draft an ILB to start grooming

    •  rlhjr says:

      I’d take Carl Bradford in the third round in a New York City heartbeat.
      He would be just a perfect fit for this defense playing SAM. And if something happened to Beason, or just natural progression he could move to MIKE. Freak.

  4.  Krow says:

    Alex Mack has already gone on record as saying he wants to stay in Cleveland, and is willing to let the Browns eff him … I mean he says he’ll give them a hometown discount. Why anyone would say that … even if you felt that way … is beyond me. It undercuts your bargaining power and gets you nothing in return. But whatever … he said it, so forget Mack.

    •  rlhjr says:

      Remember Black Unicorn indicated he would give the Giants a HTD last year.
      He didn’t. See what happens if they “Show him da Money”………….

      But I get your drift.

      •  Krow says:

        Yes, but we showed almost no interest in Bennett. I’m assuming the Browns want to keep their good players.

  5.  Krow says:

    Beason will not command much of a guarantee figure because of his injury history. His contract will end up at market level … he’s a fine player … but he still has that injury cloud over him. Of course some foolish team might bite. In that case we won’t sign him.

  6.  fanfor55years says:

    Jerry Reese HAD to sign Beatty last year because he had no alternative at an important position, so he knowingly overpaid him. That’s the way markets work. When you NEED something you have to pay the piper. Well, he NEEDS Jon Beason. If he has Beason he can be tougher in negotiations with Linval Joseph. If he has Jon Beason he has a “Leadership Council” on defense with Beason and Rolle (and maybe Tuck) as the members. If he has Jon Beason he can have young linebackers groomed and can also draft OLBers with speed knowing that Beason can clean up the run defense. If he has Jon Beason he has two youngsters in Williams and Paysinger who can blend well with him, and can also get more out of Herzlich while retaining him as a special teams stud. If he keeps Jon Beason he can take a chance with Hankins and Kuhn, and can easily tie up Patterson for a few years, knowing that Kuhn and Patterson may not become more than “average” but that average will be good enough with a top MLB around to clean up and fill (the right) gaps.

    Jon Beason is one of those “multipliers”. His value is far more than just his individual play alone. He affects teammates, and the flexibility of the General Manager. He is NEEDED. Reese has to sign him and may have to pay a little more than he thinks he’s worth. If so, so be it. He’s a MUST SIGN.

  7.  Nosh.0 says:

    Only reason we might have a chance to get Beason at a reasonable price is because he already got a big free agent payday. This was my thinking on Tuck as well but it now seems like he will test the market in search of one last nice sized check.

    Linvall on the other hand is going to the highest bidder. This was never in doubt, but in case you weren’t sure, his comments on Geno Atkins contract help confirm it.

    I’m with 55, I would much rather give Alex Mack money instead of Joseph. And I think the team will be better for it.

    •  rlhjr says:

      I agree with Nosh and 55. But “Earth to Lindval..YOU ARE NOT GENO ATKINS…over…”

      Geno had more sacks last year (he went on IR) than Landfil had period.
      Still no hate toward Joseph.

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