Jon Beason has enjoyed the process of acting as his own agent. But the linebacker is now dipping his toes into the less pleasurable side of the business.
While he didn't go into details about some version of a pay cut during an interview with Sirius XM Wednesday, that's what it looks like. Beason is scheduled to make almost $6 million this year, which translates to nearly $8 million against the salary cap.
At the least, some money will have to be moved around.
"As you get older in this league you realize, unfortunately, that it's not just about family or bleeding Carolina blue and black or blue and red," Beason said on Sirius. "They want you to have that perception of what this game is, but it's truly a business. And if you can't produce at a high level often, whether it's through injury or whether you're not playing well, there's going to be some change."
Beason is a great option for the Giants if healthy and added that he's confident he'll remain on the team. Unfortunately for him, he's played in more than four games just once over the past four seasons.
After securing a $16.8 million deal on his own last March, he missed 12 games with a series of foot injuries. The Giants will undoubtedly be looking for another linebacker via the draft and free agency, but do hope Beason is around at the right price to give it another shot.
When he's healthy, he can still transform a defense.
"You kind of see how business works and unfortunately," he said. "When you're making more than league min, you're susceptible to taking a pay cut based on injury. And a lot of that has to do with leverage that the teams have. And what I've learned is, you can't take it personally."