Jon Beason, New York Giants (September 24, 2015)

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Following up on the earlier story of the New York Giants releasing offensive guard Geoff Schwartz, offensive tackle Will Beatty, and linebacker Jon Beason, the Giants announced officially on Wednesday that Beason retired from the NFL instead. The team also confirmed the release of Schwartz and Beatty.

Beason has been an injury-prone player since 2010, not playing in more than five games in four of the last five seasons due to various injuries. Beason missed the first two games of the 2015 season with knee issues, played in five games, and then missed another before being placed on Injured Reserve with knee and ankle injuries. He finished 2015 with just 18 tackles. Beason’s 2014 NFL season was also basically wiped out due to a ligament tear and fracture to the sesamoid bone in his right foot during an OTA practice on June 12. He ended up playing in only four games and finished the season with just 11 tackles.

“I feel like I let people down in terms of my availability to play on Sundays,” Beason said. “It was extremely difficult and unfortunately consistent the latter part of my career. I know that those things were out of my control, and there wasn’t one single thing I could have done more with the cards I was dealt to ensure that I was available more and healthy, and able to go out and help my team compete.”

Beason had one year left on his current contract. He was scheduled to make $2.8 million in salary in 2016 and count $6.567 million against the 2016 salary cap. With Beason retiring, the team saves $5.1 million against the cap with $1.467 million in dead money.