Beason is currently in his seventh NFL season, all of which have been spent in Carolina. He’s a three-time Pro Bowler and a two-time All-Pro. Beason also compiled at least 120 combined tackles in each of his first four seasons in the league.
However, recently, Beason’s performance and career has been in a bit of a downward spiral. Because of injuries and their lingering aftermath, Beason has only played in seven games in the last three years. He hasn’t been able to return to the form that previously made him a force in this league. His rapid descent was topped off this season when he lost his starting job to former Giant Chase Blackburn.
The Giants brought Beason in an effort to bolster their linebacker unit, which is riddled with inexperience. Starters Spencer Paysinger, Keith Rivers and Mark Herzlich would be reserve players on most teams; their struggles, in both the passing and rushing game, are a prime reason for New York’s defensive failures.
Acquiring Beason is an excellent move from the Giants’ front office. It’s not going to cure the Giants right away, but it should strengthen their defense. Sometimes it takes the flash and attention of a big city like New York to help re-energize a player. The Giants are hoping Beason can still be the player he was just a few years ago.
New York only surrendered a late-round draft pick, so there isn’t much of a bust factor here. Beason shouldn’t feel pressure to save the Giants, he should just provide some much-needed relief. The Giants don’t want to enter a rebuilding stage while they still have so much talent, and a move like this can help Big Blue get back on their feet.