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Giants officially trade for LB Jon Beason; send conditional pick to Panthers

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The Giants are in bad shape on defense (if their Week 5 injury report is not an indicator, not sure what is). On Friday, New York made a move to add some much needed experience to their much maligned, scores-are-welcomed defense. The Giants acquired former Pro Bowl linebacker (big emphasis on former) Jon Beason from the Carolina Panthers. Despite being acquired just two days before the game against the Eagles, the former All-Pro may suit up for the Giants on Sunday, according to New York Daily News scribe Ralph Vacchiano.

The Panthers have acquired a 2014 conditional draft pick for a player that was once the face of their franchise. However, the veteran was benched recently for former Giants special teamer and spot-starter Chase Blackburn. This move was essentially made by the Panthers to get value for a once prominent player instead of cutting him outright. For the Giants, it is a risk worth taking as they are 0-4 and still in the race for the division, so why not?

Beason passed a physical on Friday and should be fit to perform in Week 5 against the Eagles but his real struggle would be in understanding the Giants' defense. Beason was a first-round pick in 2007 by the Panthers and he was among the best middle linebackers in the league for several years, going to three Pro Bowls and earning two All-Pro selections. The arrival of Luke Kuechly and his success moved Beason to the weakside linebacker role, where he has struggled when healthy. Along with his change of position, Beason only played five games from 2011-2012 due to a rash of injuries that include torn Achilles tendon.

The Giants will host the Eagles on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on FOX.

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