When the free agency frenzy this offseason started for the NFL, I kept being told Panthers linebacker Jon Beason, who is making a ridiculous $10 million a year, had zero incentive to restructure his deal. I couldn’t have disagreed more and all my arguments as to why are coming to fruition with all his teammates, yet Beason hasn’t and/or won’t.
Former Panthers general manager Marty Hurney, who as put together some of the worst contracts and draft picks of any general manager in NFL history, gave Beason a five-year, $50 million contract. The last two seasons, Beason has played in five games and made $20 million.
Not only that, Beason, 28, has lost his starting spot and will be playing a position he hasn’t played. Then there’s all the injuries to several different joints, including a rupture of his Achilles tendon.
Panthers certainly haven gotten their monies worth right?
I said aloud numerous times that the Panthers should play hardball with Beason and almost demand a restructuring of his contract, or tell him in no uncertain terms they will release him at the end of the season, or maybe even this season, if he didn’t.
Those with other monstrous contracts have done so, such as Jordan Gross, DeAngelo Williams, Ryan Kalil and Jonathan Stewart. None really had to, but they did for the good of the team and for the opportunity to stay with the team longer. By doing so, some even guaranteed themselves more money after this year as opposed to being released.
Those players also knew that the only way Carolina was going to get better was to bring in some free agents to help out a secondary that is the worst in the NFL, as well as other positions, and that the only way it could do that was to give the team more salary cap room by redoing their deals.
But not Beason.
The Panthers owe him another whopping $10 million for this season. And he will get it, which is a shame.
Carolina should tell him, if you restructure your deal this year by taking a 50 percent pay cut, we will guarantee you money next year, as well. They could also load it with incentives and reward him for helping out the team this year.
However, apparently that’s not going to happen. By all accounts, Beason isn’t going to restructure. And if true, that speaks volumes.
And because of that, regardless of what type of season he has, the Panthers should cut him at the end of the season. He won’t help them, so they shouldn’t help him.
He’s simply not worth it.