John Fennelly, Lead WriterOne of the priorities for the Giants this offseason should be to sign Jon Beason to a multi-year deal to anchor their resurgent defense. He wants to stay and the Giants want him back, so let’s make it happen. Not so fast…
From Dan Graziano of ESPN:
“Beason made $3.25 million in 2013 and will justifiably believe he deserves a raise. The inside linebacker contracts at which he and his agent will look for comparisons are those of Detroit’s Stephen Tulloch (five years, $25.5 million, $11.25 million guranteed) and Baltimore’s Elvis Dumervil (five years, $26 million, $8.25 million guaranteed). Beason just turned 29 on Tuesday, so a long-term deal isn’t a crazy idea for him to have. But given his injury history, it’s going to be hard for the Giants to commit too much in terms of contract length or guaranteed money.”
The Giants got a huge bang for their buck out of Beason, who only ended up costing them a seventh-round pick. Beason had 93 tackles and an INT in his 11 games here, sliding right into the middle of the Giants’ defense and taking control from Day One. Prorate his stats and they factor out to a 135-tackle season.
But, as Dan wrote, the Giants may be reluctant to fork over a huge chunk of cash to a player with such a spotty injury past. To me, Beason showed no sign of someone who is coming off the dreaded Achilles tendon tear. He has all the attributes of a team leader and with the high level of play he exhibited in 2013, I don’t see the Giants simply letting him go. They haven’t had a LB with his talents in years.
Beason may take a discount to stay, given the fact that his choices in free agency may not be the ones he wants. Money is always the issue in contract negotiations, but Beason has made a ton of cash already in his career and as long as the Giants pay him close to the going rate, he’s apparently willing to stay.