Jon Beason has been a Giant for three weeks. He’d like to stay much much longer.
“I don’t plan on going anywhere, ever,” the linebacker and free agent at the end of this season said today. “Ever.”
Beason, who has led the Giants in tackles in each of his two games as a key part of the defense, has already fallen in love with New York after spending his career as a Pro Bowl player but away from the national spotlight in Carolina.
“Thus far the city has been real cool,” he said. “It’s a great group of guys. They’ve welcomed me like I was a draft pick here. I’m happy. I want to be contributing.”
And that goes beyond his playing days, too. Beason said he wants to be like Jesse Armstead, another linebacker from the University of Miami, who is a special assistant for player development and an assistant coach for the team.
“I was talking to Jessie Armstead, I was, ‘Man, when I’m done (playing), I want a job like you. Whatever it is you do, you’re still wearing the uniform.’”
Beason is only 28. He may wind up being a higher offseason priority for the Giants than Hakeem Nicks. Perry Fewell said he has provided the defense with a voice, and that word has been used by teammates regarding Beason quite a bit in his short time with the Giants.
“I’ve talked to you guys in the past about a mike backer being able to command that front and being able to make them get down, put their hand in the dirt, listen to the call and when he commands them they know that he’s giving the right command,” Fewell said. “He’s a very smart football player too. He can visualize plays. When you talk to him he understands concepts and so I think that’s a nice addition to have on your football team.”
Maybe a nice one to have beyond just a few games this year.