When New York Giants middle linebacker Jon Beason fired his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, and decided to be his own representative and agent heading into this year's free agency, a lot of people saw it as an odd move.
For one, he wasn't allowed to talk to any other team except for the Giants until the 4:00 p.m. start time of free agency back on March 11, so he lost a bit of leverage if he wanted to negotiate with any other team because if he did so, it would be considered tampering.
But since the Giants didn't get him locked up before the 4:00 p.m. deadline, Beason became an unrestricted free agent and got interest from at least one other team; the Denver Broncos, in the first week. Once the word got out that the Broncos were in the mix, the Giants quickly amped up their interest and negotiations. Beason and the Giants eventually came to terms on a three-year, $16.8 million deal with $6 million guaranteed.
This past week, Beason talked about his experience during free agency and how it was like dealing with the Giants and other teams representing himself instead of having someone like Rosenhaus do the talking for him.
"The slight from teams comes with the (offer)," Beason said. "Their number is this, and I'm like, I'm pretty sure the market is a little north of that. That's where it becomes, not an insult, but a business. If you're buying a car, there's a sticker price. The buyer wants to get a little under, the seller is trying to get a little over — but I'm the car. It's funny, it's like playing poker. You don't want to say what your hand is."
Beason was on the market as an unrestricted free agent for all of one day, as he came to terms with the Giants on March 12. Before Beason re-signed with the team that traded for him back in October, there was a report that Beason was pricing himself out of the Giants range, but the veteran had made it very clear in the past that he wanted to finish his career playing with the Giants and had to sell them on why they should keep him in New Jersey for the next three years.
"I was selling them my intangibles; being a leader, being consistent and wanting to win. It was a great process."
When asked if being an agent is something that Beason would like to do whenever he retires from the NFL, he firmly declined and said it's not for him, even though in reality, he is his own agent currently.
"I don't want to chase young guys around telling them how great they are," he said.
Beason was acquired from the Carolina Panthers for a seventh-round draft pick before Week 5 back in October and recorded 93 of his 104 total tackles with the Giants last year and his presence in the middle of the defense was a big reason why the Giants finished 7-3 in their last 10 games and went from being a 31st ranked defense in the beginning of the season to finishing with the 8th ranked defense at the end of the 2013 season.
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