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LB Jon Beason anxious for new start with Giants

Published on NewsOK Modified: October 4, 2013 at 4:40 pm •  Published: October 4, 2013
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The New York Giants announced Friday they've acquired three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Jon Beason from the Carolina Panthers in exchange for a late-round draft pick in 2014.

The Giants said Beason passed his physical.

"It's amazing," Beason said in a Giants press release. "It doesn't happen (often) with midseason trades. But the one place I said if I wasn't in Carolina where I wanted to be was with a great organization like the Giants with a winning tradition, leadership, a 4-3 scheme where I can come in right now. I think I can really come out and impact the season."

Beason didn't have much of an impact with the Panthers this season.

He started the first two games but was benched prior to Carolina's 38-0 win over the Giants on Sept. 22. He played only one snap on defense in that game.

Beason broached the topic of wanting to play more with Panthers coach Ron Rivera in a private meeting Thursday. The Panthers then began looking for a new team for Beason.

"The trade benefits both the team and Jon," Rivera said. "We'll obviously get something out of it and it gives Jon an opportunity to get on the field right now."

It's expected that Beason will challenge Mark Herzlich for a starting spot at middle linebacker, providing he can show improvement with his knee injury. The Giants rank 21st in overall defense and 28th against the run.

The Giants host Philadelphia on Sunday and then face Chicago on Thursday.

"I'm a smart player. I learn fast," Beason said in the release. "Being a (middle) linebacker, a lot is on your plate. I think I actually thrive in that position. I'm going to get with coach as long as it takes and as fast as I can get it as soon as I want to play."

To make room on the roster the Giants placed veteran guard Chris Snee on injured reserve with a hip injury.

Beason has been slowed by microfracture surgery last October. Chase Blackburn, a longtime Giant who signed with Carolina this offseason as an unrestricted, replaced Beason in the starting lineup and was more effective.

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 before the 2011 season.

But his career has been plagued by injuries ever since.

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