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Carolina Trades Beason To Ny Giants

Tandy Gossett

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Continuing a surprising trend of big early season trades, the Carolina Panthers have reportedly agreed in principle to trade Pro Bowl linebackerJon Beason to the New York Giants.

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported Thursday night:

Fox Sports insider Mike Garafolo tweeted the Panthers would receive a late-round pick in the deal.

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UPDATE: Friday, Oct. 4

From Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer:

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But as Rapoport notes, it's no guarantee that Beason will pass this physical, as he has had trouble staying on the field the past couple seasons:

Beason, 28, finished with at least 120 combined tackles in the first four seasons of his career and was a Pro Bowl selection three straight seasons from 2008 to 2010. The 25th overall selection in the 2007 draft, the former Miami Hurricane's biggest season came in 2009, when he finished with 142 combined tackles, three sacks, three interceptions and a forced fumble.

Unfortunately, injuries have derailed what looked to be a very long and prosperous career. He played just one game in 2011, tearing his Achilles tendon fresh off signing a five-year, $50 million deal. He was replaced by Luke Kuechly in 2012 at middle linebacker and has played in just seven games over the past two years.

Now possibly headed to New York, NFL.com's Chris Wesseling notes the irony in the situation and the crux of Beason's problems in Carolina:

After splitting time evenly with Chase Blackburn in the Panthers' first two games this season, Beason played just one snap in the third game. It's ironic that he's been replaced by a player the Giants allowed to walk in free agency.

Beason's primary problem is that he has been a liability in coverage while regaining confidence in a knee that was surgically repaired in 2012.

The Giants are in desperate need of some defensive help. Their group of linebackers has struggled especially, with Mark Herzlich, Spencer Paysinger and Jacquian Williams all struggling this year.

With the trade, Tom Coughlin and the Giants are obviously hoping that Jon Beason can catch fire and turn his career around in New York.

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