Updated: March 12, 2014, 1:59 PM ET
Dan Graziano | ESPN.com
The New York Giants and Jon Beason have agreed on a deal that will keep the linebacker in New York, a source told ESPN.com.
The Carolina Panthers’ first-round pick in 2007, Beason was a Pro Bowl player in 2008, 2009 and 2010 before injuries began wearing him down.
He lost his starting middle linebacker job to young superstar Luke Kuechly in 2012, and he was a poor fit on the outside for Carolina, which traded him to the Giants for a seventh-round pick in October 2013.
The Giants immediately installed Beason as their middle linebacker, giving him responsibility for making the calls on the defense, and his new teammates accepted him and followed him as a leader.
The Giants’ defense performed noticeably better over the final 11 games with Beason in the middle of it. He recorded 93 tackles in those 11 games, including 17 in the Dec. 1 victory over the Redskins in Washington.
Beason is 29 years old and played 15 games in 2013 after injuries limited him to a total of five in the previous two seasons.
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