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Beason will be back in middle for Giants' defense

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 14, 2014 at 8:35 pm •  Published: March 14, 2014
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Jon Beason is going be back in the middle of the New York Giants' defense, and he is going to have help at the linebacker spot.

The Giants confirmed Friday that they re-signed Beason and later said they also signed former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain.

The team did not disclose contract details, but reports said Beason got $19 million over three years. Terms of McClain's deal were not immediately available.

The moves shore up the linebacking position with the team having already given a tender to restricted free agent Spencer Paysinger, the weakside linebacker.

The Giants also announced they re-signed fullback Henry Hynoski.

Beason came to the Giants in a midseason trade with the Carolina Panthers and stabilized the defense. The three-time Pro Bowl linebacker had 98 tackles after joining the team in the sixth game of the season. New York's defense finished eighth in the league overall after being near the bottom.

"You know how when you pick up a good book and it's good because they develop a character and there's always some type of turmoil, something bad happens," Beason said. "And then the character has to come out and overcome it and then it's like, 'Man, that was a really good read.' For me, I think it just made my career story better, having to overcome some things.

"You come out, you get drafted high, you start making Pro Bowls and become the highest-paid player, All-Pro and all that stuff. That's a boring book. For me, I feel like it's prepared me for what's still to come. If you're going to lead men, especially at this level, you have to be battle-tested."

Undrafted after college, McLain has played in 87 regular-season games with 55 starts and in nine postseason games with three starts. In six seasons with Baltimore, McClain had 338 tackles (214 solo), 4 1/2 sacks, one interception, one forced fumble and three fumble recoveries. He also had 60 special teams tackles.

"It's an opportunity," McClain said. "I believe in opportunity and I believe that everything happens for a reason. Now I get a chance to re-create myself. I get a chance to re-create my own identity without being placed with any label. No disrespect to anything that I've been through or anybody anywhere else, but when you get into this position you have to choose the best for your family, the best for your career, the best for your longevity. This was one of those circumstances for me where I could come here and create myself and compete and be the player that I want to be or the player that I can be.

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