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Giants cut Beason, 2 others, clear $12 million in cap space

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 12:09 PM

NOV. 17, 2013 FILE PHOTOBill Kostroun/AP

The Giants began what could be a massive, offseason overhaul when they released three high-priced but injury-prone players on Wednesday morning, according to multiple sources, clearing about $ 12 million in salary cap space they can use to rebuild their 6-10 team.

Guard Geoff Schwartz, tackle Will Beatty and linebacker Jon Beason were the first to go, sources said, getting their release just three days after Super Bowl 50. Cutting Beason cleared about $ 5.1 million in cap room. Cutting Beatty cleared $ 4.175 million. And cutting Schwartz cleared about $ 3 million.

The Giants now could be sitting on more than $ 60 million in cap room when the free-agent signing period opens in March.

Of course, now they’ll need to replace all three players, along with countless others on a team that has suffered three straight losing seasons and is headed into it’s first year under new head coach Ben McAdoo. The departure of Beatty and Schwartz will leave the Giants short-handed on the offensive line, and there is no obvious candidate to replace Beason at middle linebacker.

Still, all three had to go due to their age, salaries, and most importantly their injury history. Beatty, 30, has missed time in his career due to back injury, a detached retina, a broken leg and a torn pec that sidelined him for the entire 2014 season. The former second-round pick (2009) had two years left on a five-year, $ 38.75 million deal he signed in 2013.

Schwartz, 29, had joined the Giants as a free agent in 2014, signing a four-year, $ 16.8 million contract. But a toe injury and later a broken ankle and broken leg limited him to just 13 games in two seasons.

Beason, 31, came to the Giants in an early season trade from Carolina in 2013 in a deal – for a seventh-round pick – that initially looked like a steal. As a result of his play that season, the Giants looked past his lengthy injury history and signed him to a three-year, $ 16.8 million contract. But he hurt his toe in training camp that season and played in only four games. Then knee and ankle injuries limited to five games last season.

Due to injuries, Beason has played in only 29 games in the last five seasons. Facing the possibility of offseason knee surgery, Beason was also contemplating retirement, according to a source.


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