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Panthers Trade LB Jon Beason To Giants

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Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images.
Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images.

The Carolina Panthers have agreed in principal to send LB Jon Beason to the New York Giants in exchange for a late-round draft pick, per Jay Glazer of Fox Sports. Beason is set to take a physical with the Giants, and the trade will be complete if he passes.

Beason underwent microfracture surgery in the offseason, and he has been ineffective this year. He was actually benched in Week 3 when the Panthers blew out the Giants 38-0, and it’s hard to see him having much of an impact. However, if he's good enough to play and actually start for the woeful Giants, it would certainly be worth a late-round pick.

The Giants medical staff is likely to put him through a gamut of tests to ensure that he’s physically sound enough to play. If they don’t like what they see and he gets sent back to Carolina, he could be cut by the team if they don’t find another trading partner.

Beason signed a five-year, $51.39 million contract in 2011, but he no longer has any guaranteed money remaining on his deal, so the Giants can cut him after the year if he turns out to be a dud.

Update: Ian Rapoport reports that Beason passed his physical, and the trade is now official.