The oft injured linebacker calls it a career.
The Giants’ off-season began well before the 2015 season was officially over. The Giants changes started at the top. The departure of Tom Coughlin was the first of many changes that have occurred for the Big Blue. The G-men quickly promoted Ben McAdoo from offensive coordinator to Head Coach, much to Eli’s delight. It looks like GM Jerry Reese and Coach McAdoo are not wasting anytime tweaking their roster.
A number of players were released from the team roster today including Will Beatty and Geoff Schwartz. Expected in the roster trimming was linebacker Jon Beason. But Beason decided to retire from professional football. His retirement frees up about $4.5 million dollars for the Giants to pursue someone else for the MLB position, or spend it elsewhere.
The trade back in October of 2013 was a fresh start for Beason after sharing time with LB Chase Blackburn to start the season in Carolina. Beason rewarded Reese for making the trade, he played in 12 games and made 69 solo tackles and an interception according to Pro Football Focus. From the year he entered as a first round draft pick from Miami til 2012 he was one of the better linebackers in the league.
A comparison of statistics from his time with the Panthers to tenure with the Giants is eye opening.
A look at the stats prove that this move by the Beason just needed to happen. The 465 tackles he put together prior to coming to the Giants earned him 3 Pro Bowls. Since then his production suffered because he was never on the field. The numbers and his name on the injury report have shown that he has been on the decline for some time now. His retirement was a sound decision.
The moves today have put the Giants under the salary cap by at least $50 million dollars (Spotrac). It’s quite apparent that these moves are only the beginning.