Three-Time Pro Bowl Linebacker Jon Beason Traded
By Steve Reed
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina coach Ron Rivera said the Panthers have agreed to trade three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Jon Beason to the New York Giants.
Rivera said the trade is contingent on Beason passing a physical with the Giants.
Beason was benched prior to Carolina’s 38-0 win over the Giants on Sept. 22. He broached the topic of wanting to play more with Rivera in a private meeting on Thursday.
“The trade benefits both the team and Jon,” Rivera said before the team boarded a flight to Arizona. “We’ll obviously get something out of it and it gives Jon an opportunity to get on the field right now.”
Rivera wouldn’t say what the Panthers will receive from the Giants in return for Beason.
Beason had microfracture surgery last October and looked slow in his first two starts. Chase Blackburn, a former Giant who signed with Carolina this offseason as an unrestricted, replaced Beason in the starting lineup.
The Giants (0-4) have not announced the result of Beason’s physical or confirmed the trade.
Rivera said he doesn’t see any reason why Beason would fail his physical since he played in the first three games with Carolina.
It’s expected that Beason would challenge Mark Herzlich for a starting spot at middle linebacker with the Giants once he learns the defensive scheme. The Giants rank 21st in overall defense and 28th against the run.
Beason started all 64 games in his first four seasons with the Panthers from 2007-2010 and was given a six-year, $51.5 million contract extension prior to the 2011 season.
But his career has been plagued by injuries ever since.
Beason, 28, tore his Achilles in the 2011 season opener at Arizona and was lost for the season. He returned last season but only played in four games before landing on IR again with shoulder and knee issues.
Luke Kuechly took over for Beason at middle linebacker and went on to earn AP Defensive Rookie of the Year honors, solidifying his spot as the team’s middle linebacker of the future.
Beason had microfracture surgery on his right knee in October and returned to Carolina after agreeing to a restructured contract.