Giants land former All-Pro linebacker Beason in trade with Panthers
With current middle linebacker Mark Herzlich struggling to this point in the year, the Giants went out and traded for a new piece to man the middle of their defense. The Giants acquired linebacker Jon Beason from the Carolina Panthers in exchange for an undisclosed late-round draft pick.
A first-round pick in 2007, Beason was a monster early in his career, earning three Pro Bowl selections and one First-Team All-Pro selection in his first four seasons. Injuries, however, have since derailed Beason's career. A devastating Achilles injury in the first game of the 2011 season sidelined Beason for the year, and he underwent microfracture knee surgery after just four games in 2012. With second-year stud Luke Kuechly entrenched as the Panthers' middle linebacker, and Beason playing only situationally, the Panthers were wise to get whatever they could in a trade.
The injuries have clearly slowed Beason down, but he is still just 28 years old, offers a ton of intensity, and is a veteran presence at linebacker. The Giants need a spark, and Beason may be able to provide that. Through the Panthers' first three games, Beason has not looked fully recovered from knee surgery, but he did pass the Giants' physical on Friday, which is encouraging news. He is unlikely to make an impact in Week 5, but once he gets some practice time in with his new team and gets his knee back to a hundred percent, he could possibly be a nice piece in the middle of the Giants' defense. Much of it depends on whether or not he can get and stay healthy.