Jon Beason on being a first-time FA

LB Jon Beason talks about the roster turnover in the NFL and the possibility of coming back to the Giants next year.

Every year it’s a case where it’s like, “Aw, how is this guy not here?” or, “we brought this guy in.” You just never know, there’s always so much change and that’s the bad thing about this business.

Q: Obviously this team was 7-3 the second half of the season. Do you sit there and say, “We’re close,” or do you sit there and say, “well 7-3 means nothing if we’re 0-6 to start?”
A: I think we put ourselves in a tough position to start the season but any time you win a game in this league, it’s hard to do. People take that for granted. You never know, man. Any given year, it could be somebody different and that’s the beauty of the league. It’s tough and we know that. We signed up for it, this is the highest competition right here, so to go 7-3 is something you can hang your hat on but at the same time it’s not good enough.

Q: Are the pieces there to be better next year?
A: I think so. I think we get some guys healthy, that’s the biggest thing. You just start fast.

Q: You’ve never been a free agent?
A: No, I haven’t.

Q: Does part of you want to test the market and see what the other 30 something teams, what they value you at?
A: I think it’s all about the situation. Being a free agent, it’s the first time where you get to choose where you want to play or who you want to play with and all of that stuff. But when you come to a place like the New York Giants, there are high standards, there are great players and this team has done it on a consistent level, so for me it’s all about winning at this point in my career.

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