Roughly 48 hours ago, I was prepared to tee off on Jerry Reese and the New York Giants for appearing content with letting linebacker Jon Beason part ways with the G-Men. That all changed when it was reported that Big Blue has made bringing back the 29-year-old defender their top priority this offseason.
As arguably their best defensive player last season, the Giants are making the right move by making Beason their top man.
I’m never one for condoning the overpaying of players, but in this case, the Giants have to lock. Beason up, as he was the bright spot on a G-Men defense that was lackluster in 2013.
Beason racked up 104 combined tackles last season and sported three double-digit tackle games, none more impressive than his 17 takedowns in a 24-17 win against the Washington Redskins.
Given New York’s propensity for putting together a patchwork linebacking corps, signing Beason to a longterm deal makes sense. He’s a natural leader both on and off the field, and it was clear to see that the Giants’ defense elevated its play when Beason was traded from the Carolina Panthers.
The Giants aren’t necessarily strangers to signing linebackers to longterm deals, either. They did it in the past with both Antonio Pierce and Michael Boley, which leaves further hope for Beason remaining in New York.
With Justin Tuck potentially finished with Big Blue, it makes even more sense for the Giants to sign a captain-like player on the defensive side of the football who can lead the team.
I’m not expecting a huge deal for Beason, but I’d expect somewhere in the $4-5 million per season range, which is right on par with what he deserves.