In his past five seasons, Jon Beason has played a mere 24 games. The Giants middle linebacker has had a career plagued by injuries with his most recent setback being an injured right big toe.
The injury occurred at OTA’s in June. Beason tried to play for the first four games of the season by wearing specially made cleats. Eventually, he continued to aggravate the injury and was forced to undergo season-ending surgery.
The linebacker was most certainly missed in 2014 with the defense finishing No. 29 overall and No. 30 against the run. The Giants are in need of someone like Beason to inspire their defense to play smart and fast.
The question is: Can Jon Beason stay healthy?
If the linebacker can stay at full health, he deserves a spot on the roster. Beason has a big upside and there is a lot he can bring to the table for an in-need Giants defense.
The first round pick is not just an athletic talent; he’s Big Blue’s defensive leader. Beason plays smart football and calls the shots on the field. He can read offenses, call an audible, play the game at a high speed and stop offenses on third downs.
In his first four seasons with the Carolina Panthers, he had at least 120 tackles each season and started in all 16 games. Beason has been on a decline for a few years now, but are the Giants willing to give him one more chance?
The organization could want to go for another middle linebacker who may not require as much money and is more likely to start every game.
Just last offseason, Beason signed for three years and $17 million. This year, the Giants owe him $3.6 million in base salary and potentially $1.2 million in per game bonuses. However, if the Giants were to release the linebacker, they would get back $4.43 million to spend for the upcoming season.
Another option is the Giants could try to renegotiate with the 30-year-old so they wouldn’t have to spend as much money. Upon renegotiation, the Giants could get enough money in return to bring in a backup incase Beason does not live up to expectations.
It’s tough to come back from a toe injury in any sport. The typical athletic position involves being on the balls of one’s feet. If Beason’s toe is still hurting, it could limit his mobility; however, if it’s not, the Giants could get back their defensive leader.