Three highly paid Giants veterans whose contributions in 2015 were limited severely by injuries will not have a chance at redemption with the team in 2016. The Giants released offensive linemen Will Beatty and Geoff Schwartz on Wednesday, and linebacker Jon Beason announced his retirement.
Beason was contemplating retirement and mulling knee surgery before the Giants informed him Wednesday that they planned to release him, spurring his announcement.
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The moves will save the Giants over $12 million in salary-cap space in 2016, although the three still will account for $8.3 million in dead cap space.
Beason, 31, signed a three-year deal with the Giants in 2014. He was named a team captain in 2014 and 2015 but played in only nine games during that span.
“I feel like I let people down in terms of my availability to play on Sundays,” Beason said. “It was extremely difficult and unfortunately consistent the latter part of my career. I know that those things were out of my control, and there wasn’t one single thing I could have done more with the cards I was dealt to ensure that I was available more and healthy, and able to go out and help my team compete.”
Beason was due a $2.2-million roster bonus next month.
Beatty, 30, did not play in 2015 because of a torn pectoral and a shoulder injury and was supplanted at left tackle by rookie Ereck Flowers. He had two seasons remaining on his deal, which he signed in 2013. He was a second-round pick by the Giants in 2009. At the end of the 2015 season, Beatty said he wanted to be a starting left tackle in the NFL, which likely meant he knew his future would be with another team.
Schwartz, 29, signed a four-year deal with the Giants in 2013 as a free agent and played only 13 games in two seasons because of multiple injuries, including leg and foot fractures.
The Giants acquired Beason from the Panthers in a midseason trade in 2013. He was a former first-round draft choice of the Panthers and a three-time Pro Bowler.
“The only thing I wish I could have done — I dreamt often of being on the first team to win a championship for the Carolina Panthers,” he said. “I would say that with everything, even the injuries, the ups and downs of an NFL career, that’s my biggest regret. That’s the thing that looms darkest for me moving forward, knowing that the opportunity has passed me by. It’s something that I’ll have to live with.”