Giants MLB and defensive captain Jon Beason could retire rather than attempt to rehab and come back from multiple injuries that have limited him to just nine games over the past two seasons.
Beason was traded to the Giants by the Carolina Panthers in October of 2013 and hit the ground running, spearheading a Giants' defense that excelled against the run and racked up a team-high 104 tackles.
Those are days of yore for Beason, who has not been able to stay healthy the past two years. Beason has had a myriad of health issues over his career. Aside from the 15 games he played for the Giants in 2013, Beason had played only 14 games since 2010.
Giants MLB Jon Beason needs offseason knee surgery, and he admitted he may retire if his body doesn't respond to rehab.
"Beason, 31 next week, has battled myriad injuries since coming into the league in 2007, and most of the issues have been with his knees. He's also mixed in shoulder, Achilles', and toe surgeries between numerous knee operations. He's simply breaking down. Beason played just 162 defensive snaps this season before being sent to I.R. in early-November. He's missed 67 games of a possible 96 since the beginning of the 2011 campaign."
"For me, I want to make that decision,'' Beason said Friday on Sirius XM NFL Radio. "You go through the rehab process and you get back out there and you run around and you decide, 'Hey, I can still be who I once was.' If I can't then it will be time for me to hang it up.''
Beason, who helped spark a defensive revival with the Giants in 2013, is scheduled for a 2016 salary of $2.8 million and will count $6.5 million on the salary cap. That is money and space the Giants will not be willing to spend on a player with such physical issues.
"I don't have any regrets, but at the same time, I know when healthy I can still play this game at a high level,'' Beason said. "Coming to terms with where I am and also know there's still an opportunity, there's still a passion there and if it's time, it's time, I'll be real with myself, and if it's not then you'll see me next year.''
The Giants were relying on a comeback from Beason this season, but he never got it going. If he doesn't call it quits, the Giants could make the decision for him.