Jon Beason heading to Giants as Panthers trade away former Pro Bowler

Eric Edholm

It was not good news when Chase Blackburn was "ahead" of Jon Beason on the Carolina Panthers' depth chart earlier this week, per head coach Ron Rivera.

Now, that's reportedly not the case. The Panthers have traded Beason to the New York Giants in a deal that will become official once Beason passes a physical, according to New York Daily News' Ralph Vacchiano.

The compensation is believed to be a late-round draft pick.

Beason, 28, has fallen on hard times in recent years because of injuries. The three-time Pro Bowl linebacker injured his Achilles tendon late in 2010, returned too soon and ruptured it again in Week 1 against the Arizona Cardinals in 2011. Beason also has had troublesome knee and shoulder injuries the past few years.

The Panthers signed Beason to a six-year, $51 million extension prior to 2011 as the heart of the team's defense, but they required him to take a massive paycut — to $1 million — to remain with the team this season. He had relinquished his starting spot inside to Luke Kuechly, who was the 2012 Defensive Rookie of the Year, and wasn't as effective on the weak side.

The Giants are tight against the cap but felt they had to make the move following the injury to middle linebacker Dan Connor; Mark Herzlich had struggle in Connor's place. Beason can recoup $1.75 million if he's active all 16 games, but his deal voids after this season.

There was some familiarity to the trade. Panthers GM Dave Gettleman placed a call to his former co-worker, Giants GM Jerry Reese, and was able to get a deal done. Beason is not the same player he was in 2010, but he might be able to help revive a Giants defense that has fallen on hard times a bit during the team's 0-4 start.

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