Reports: Carolina Panthers to trade Jon Beason to NY Giants

jperson@charlotteobserver.comOctober 4, 2013 

EDITOR'S NOTE: An updated version of this articlecan be found here.

The Carolina Panthers are on the verge of trading veteran linebacker and three-time Pro Bowler Jon Beason to the New York Giants, according to multiple reports.

The deal reportedly is pending a physical for Beason on Friday in New York. The Panthers would receive a late-round draft pick in return, according to Jay Glazer of

Attempts to reach Beason and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, were unsuccessful early Friday morning.

Panthers' officials were unavailable for comment.

Beason, 28, has been dealing with injuries since signing a five-year, $51.5 million contract extension in the summer of 2011. A torn Achilles in 2011 and knee and shoulder issues in 2012 limited him to just five games over the past two seasons.

He lost his starting spot at middle linebacker spot last year to Luke Kuechly, who won the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year award.

And after a slow start through the first two games this year, Beason was replaced in the starting lineup at weakside linebacker by Chase Blackburn against the Giants two weeks ago. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said this week Blackburn still had the lead over Beason, who has been playing through pain following microfracture surgery on his right knee in October.

"You have your good days, you have your bad days," Beason said recently. "When you pound on it, obviously you have that little setback. You take a day off, and you feel better. So everything's kind of geared toward feeling better on Sundays."

Early in his career, the Panthers had no better tackler than Beason, who became the first rookie in club history to lead the team in tackles. Beason's first four seasons produced the top four single-season tackle totals in team history.

But injuries have taken a toll the past two years.

Beason agreed to a $4.25 million pay cut this year in a restructured deal, but can recoup $1.75 million if he's active for all 16 games. Beason's new contract voids after this season, although his future in Carolina could be over by Friday.

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