LB Jon Beason was a 2007 1st round pick, 25th overall by then head coach John Fox's Carolina Panthers. Beason played for the Miami Hurricanes football team. He began his career at fullback, but shifted to linebacker as a redshirt freshman. During his career he collected 187 tackles, 3.5 quarterback sacks, and one interception. He majored in sports administration.
Beason had a great rookie season, finishing second behind Patrick Willis in tackles for a rookie with 140. He finished second in the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year voting behind Willis, receiving two votes.
During Beason's second year (2008) he was selected to his first Pro Bowl and was an AP All-Pro selection after recording 138 tackles and three interceptions.
Beason's third year was another good year, as he recorded three sacks, three interceptions, a forced fumble, and 141 tackles, including 111 solo tackles. As a result, Beason was a second team pick on the 2009 All-Pro Team, and also received a spot in the Pro Bowl when Patrick Willis backed out due to injury.Due to an injury to outside linebacker Thomas Davis, who was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list, Beason volunteered to move to the outside linebacker position while Davis recovered. However, Davis was not taken off the list by the Panthers, and Beason had to assume the role further until Dan Connor, who had taken over the inside linebacker position, had a season-ending injury, thus moving Beason back inside.
Due to him switching positions, he finished the season with the worst statistical performance of his career, recording only 121 tackles (9 less than fellow Panther James Anderson and the first time in his career he did not place first in team tackles). However, Beason was rewarded for his temporary switch to the position, and was designated a Pro Bowl alternate at the outside linebacker position, and later was awarded a spot when Lance Briggs backed out due to an injury. Ultimately the 2010 season was John Fox's last in Carolina,he would later sign on with the Denver Broncos as their new head coach.
In 2011 Beason would agree to terms of a contract that would make him the highest paid Middle Linebacker in NFL history. The deal was worth $50 million over 5 years with $25 million guaranteed. But would you know it, about the time you get to liking somebody they injury their achilles tendon and are lost for the season. That's what happened to Beason on September 14th when he injured his left achilles tendon and was placed on Injured Reserve for the rest of the season.
In 2012 returning to duty, Beason would lose his job at the middle linebacker to rookie Luke kuechly.
The battered linebacker hasn't been able to stay on the field since Ron Rivera took over for John Fox three years ago. After rupturing his Achilles in the 2011 opener, the three-time Pro Bowler played in just four games last season before a knee injury landed him on IR.
After starting the first two games of the season, Beason lost his starting job to Chase Blackburn. On October 4, 2013, he was traded to the New York Giants. The trade involved the Carolina Panthers trading Beason for a 7th round pick to the Giants.
Now Jon Beason is a UFA and will represent himself in the upcoming free agency period, opting to save the 3% agent fees.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Giants unrestricted free agent has emailed all 32 teams telling them he’d be representing himself in free agency.
MLB Jon Beason was without a doubt the Panthers most vaulable player in his first years on that Panthers team that was lacking a solid quarterback.
Most Valuable Player not named Brees and not with the Saints: Jon Beason, Panthers. Consistently excellent. Should have been named to the Pro Bowl. Best player on the division’s best defense.
Team MVP: Linebacker Jon Beason. Peppers had some big games, but Beason was a steady force on a defense that ended up being the best in the NFC South. He had 142 tackles and made some big plays. Beason wasn’t too happy when he was snubbed by Pro Bowl voters. He’s got a good point –- and he’s got plenty of motivation now.Should I say more, or has there been enough said? I don't think the Denver Broncos could do any worse than signing this solid MLB on his terms. He is representing himself isn't he...