"It's amazing," Beason said at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center, shortly after passing his physical. "It doesn't happen (often) with mid-season trades. But the one place I said if I wasn't in Carolina where I wanted to be was with a great organization like the Giants with a winning tradition, leadership, a 4-3 scheme where I can come in right now. I think I can really come out and impact the season."
Beason was acquired for a late-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. The Giants placed Chris Snee on injured reserve to make room for Beason on the 53-man roster.
"I know I'll come in tomorrow early and meet the coaches and I'll get my linebacker coach (Jim Herrmann) and we're going to cram," Beason said. "If they ask me to, I'll dress (Sunday) and I'll give everything I have. ... It's just going to be terminology. I'm a smart player. I learn fast. Being a mike linebacker, a lot is on your plate. I think I actually thrive in that position. I'm going to get with coach as long as it takes and as fast as I can get it as soon as I want to play."
Beason was playing the weak side in Carolina, but was a three-time Pro Bowler as a middle linebacker before suffering a rash of injuries during the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
This is the Giants' first in-season trade since Oct. 8, 1986, when they acquired running back Ottis Anderson from the St. Louis Cardinals for 1987 second and seventh-round picks. Anderson played for the Giants through the 1992 season and was on two Super Bowl-winning teams. He was the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XXV.