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From Rotoworld: ESPN New York reports the Giants have “discussed a long-term deal” with free agent MLB Jon Beason:
“Beason bounced back to full health last season, but graded out as just the No. 47 inside linebacker in Pro Football Focus’ ratings. Now 29, his lengthy injury history makes him a poor candidate for either the franchise tag or a long-term deal. Unless the Giants can get Beason locked up at a team-friendly price, he’ll likely reach the open market.”
Fennelly: From what we gather, Beason does not want to leave New York now that he’s here. Money may not be Beason’s sole motivation this time around, so that team-friendly deal may be enough to keep him in Blue.
He’s already scored big financially in the NFL, signing and receiving a five-year, $50 million deal from the Panthers in 2011. Beason got $25 million of that cash up front in guarantees. At the time, it was the richest deal ever for a middle linebacker.
ESPN.com blogger Rob Demovsky is reporting that impending free agent TE Jermichael Finley is up to 260 lbs.
“Although he has been listed in the Packers media guide at 247 pounds for each of his six NFL seasons, the reality is he’s changed his body several times over.
In 2010, Finley said his weight was down to 235 pounds because he wanted to be used more like a receiver rather than a tight end. He played light in 2011 before deciding to get bigger again. Last summer in training camp, Finley said he was 10 pounds heavier than he was in 2012 and was probably closer to the 247 pounds the Packers list him at. Now, it appears he’s intent on getting even bigger. “
Fennelly: Finley is said to be on the Giants’ radar as he is familiar with Ben McAdoo’s system. The doctors have yet to clear Finley for action. He is determined to make it back from neck fusion surgery and is working out like a demon. Demovsky reports that the Packers will likely look to re-sign Finley if and when he is cleared.
The injury could keep the Giants and other teams away. The Giants are already familiar with neck procedures having RB David Wilson going through it right now. Historically, the Giants’ medical team has been more stringent in their diagnoses than other clubs, so even when Finley gets cleared the Giants may choose not pursue him.