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New York Giants Have Begun Discussions on Long-Term Deal with Jon Beason

February 18th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Doug Rush

It's no secret that Jon Beason is considered a free agent priority for the New York Giants given what he did for their defense this past year after being acquired in October from the Carolina Panthers. And now, the team is looking to lock him up long-term.

The Giants have begun to discuss a long-term contract for the 29-year-old middle linebacker, as first reported by Dan Graziano of ESPN New York, with the goal being to lock him up before the March 11th start date to the free agency period in the NFL.

"Linebacker Jon Beason is a player they'd like to bring back and with whom they've discussed a long-term deal. The franchise-tag salary for linebackers is likely to be more than $10 million, though, so they'd have to feel confident about their chances of signing Beason long-term (they'd have until July 15 to do so) if they were to risk paying him that much on a one-year deal."

With the franchise tag period now under way, Beason's name was listed as a candidate to receive the tag from the team, but it was also unlikely that the Giants would use it on any of their players given how many holes they have to fill. Plus, the Giants would prefer to keep Beason around past 2014, which is why the long-term deal is the ultimate goal. Last week, Giants 101 examined what kind of contract the Giants would be willing to give Beason for his efforts this season, which was in the four-five year range at around $20-24 million.

Beason was acquired from the Panthers just before the team's Week 5 game against the Philadelphia Eagles for a seventh-round draft pick and immediately made a huge impact on a defense that struggled through it's first five weeks of the season to stop opponents. Beason collected 93 of his 104 overall total tackles and one interception in 12 games with the Giants and helped transform a 31st ranked defense into an eighth ranked defense by the end of the season.

Before injuries, Beason was considered one of the top middle linebackers in the sport, but an Achilles injury claimed most of his 2011 season which then followed with a knee injury claiming most of his 2012 season. By the time the 2013 season came around, Luke Kuechly was now established as the Panthers starting middle linebacker, which forced Beason to the outside linebacker spot, but he was beat out for that job by former Giant Chase Blackburn and thus, setting the wheels in motion for Beason to be put on the trade block and Panthers GM and former Giants executive Dave Gettleman to make the deal with his old team and send the former first round pick of the 2007 NFL Draft to New Jersey.

The Giants need for a middle linebacker was an obvious one after the Week 1 season-ending neck injury to Dan Connor and with Mark Herzlich simply not cutting it as a starter, Beason's arrival in New York happened, which may have turned out to not only be the best move the team made in 2013, but given the impact that Beason had on the team, his trade may go down as one of the best trades in team history as well.

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10 Responses to “New York Giants Have Begun Discussions on Long-Term Deal with Jon Beason”

  1.  Dirt says:

    Dirt says:
    February 18, 2014 at 9:00 AM
    I watched the 1986 season review that Nosh posted the other day. The most striking thing was not how good that defense was, but that George Young was gushing that, aside from Martin and Carson, the entire unit was made up of really young guys.

    Then you consider that the youngest teams to ever win a Super Bowl were the perfect Dolphins and this year’s Seahawks.

    Put it all together, and only a moron would come to the conclusion that sitting young, hungry players is the best course of action.

    (I thought I should mention again: the perfect Dolphins team was the youngest ever to win a championship. They were young. And perfect. How is that possible?)

  2.  Krow says:

    Honestly … I think we’ll make him a good offer. There’s no question he turned this defense around. But I doubt we’ll put a lot of guaranteed cash in the deal because of his injury history. So it’ll come to that … if he wants security then he’s got to hit free agency.

    •  Kevros says:

      They waited until July to cut O’hara and Seubert. So it may be a long spring…

      •  Krow says:

        There’s some sort of timing factor … June-ish … that reduces the cap impact.

        •  GOAT56 says:

          June 1st cut allows us to split the dead money over this year and next year. So while that makes a lot of sense if we are cutting guys like Bass and Kiwi it makes no sense with Snee since he’s in the last year of his deal. So really Snee should be cut fairly soon.

          •  Krow says:

            Booyah. ASAP on $nee. As for Baas … it doesn’t matter how much or how little we save by cutting him. He’s not going to make it more than a few games. I’m sure he’s giving it all he’s got. But the guy can’t stay healthy, and this isn’t changing. He’s in the way of our OL rebuild. Keeping him is counter-productive regardless of the dollars. Kiwi … I feel bad about, but what’s he done lately? A good swing man… however not at $4 mil. Half that maybe, but would he play for a lousy $2,000,000 without having an attitude? Doubt it.

  3.  GOAT56 says:

    I think there are two ways to sign Beason. Either give him a fairly high per year base salary with very little guarantees or give him a more team friendly salary with much higher guarantees. I think it will be the later. Kind of like the Suggs deal in structure but with lessor numbers. I think the first year will be guaranteed and second year will only be partially guaranteed. While any remaining years like the Suggs deal are just there for show because they are non guaranteed.

  4.  JimStoll says:

    My fear with respect to Snee and Baas is that the line is in such a shambles, has so little depth, could really handle an infusion of 7 players – starters and back-ups — in a word needs so much help that management could conceivably rationalize keeping both in the hope they get healthy enough to be at least average whilst they bring in one additional quality player this year, and one or two next
    maybe they “extend” Snee another year and ease the salary burden
    seems crazy, but how much do they save by cutting both Snee and Baas, compared to what they can buy with those dollars?
    how certain are they that they can turn those dollars into productive upgrades?
    how willing will Coughlin be to play rookies?

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