What all Giants fans already knew has been confirmed. The Jon Beason trade was a boon for the New York Giants.
When the trade was made on October 4, 2013, it was announced that the Giants acquired Beason from the Carolina Panthers for a “late-round” pick. It turns out that it was the “latest” round pick. It has been confirmed by Panthers GM Dave Gettleman that the Panthers will receive the Giants seventh round selection in exchange for the former Pro-Bowl and All-Pro middle linebacker.
Beason started 10 games for the Giants this year, recording 65 total tackles and an interception, but the stats do not do justice to the change in performance, attitude and intensity of the entire defense after his arrival.
If the Giants are able to retain Beason’s services going forward this trade will become an even bigger steal for the team, but even as it stands this was a tremendous move by general manager Jerry Reese. Giving a seventh round pick and acquiring a difference maker for your team is always going to be a great move; simply put, there aren’t many impact seventh-rounders in the league. At 29 years old Beason is far from over the hill, so this trade could have a lasting impact on the franchise going forward. Reese has come under scrutiny from Giants fans because of his poor drafting in recent years, but this trade was a terrific move by him.
It is worth noting that the Panthers were willing to part ways with Beason for so little for good reason. Luke Kuechly, the Panthers first round pick in 2012, has established himself as possibly the best middle linebacker in all of football, so Beason became an expensive understudy in Carolina, much to the Giants benefit.