Beason said numerous doctors unanimously recommended him to retire because of his knee injury that landed him on the season-ending injured reserve, via Tom Pelissero.
“I feel like I let people down in terms of my availability to play on Sundays,” said Beason, per Pelissero.
The veteran linebacker struggled to remain healthy for the past five season after only appearing in 29 total games during that span. There shouldn’t be much surprise that Beason elected to retire since the Giants were set to release him.
Beason, 30, signed a three-year, $16.8 million contract that includes $6.03 million guaranteed. He was set to make $1.9 million and $2.8 million over the remainder of the deal.
Beason’s 2015 season ended with him recording 18 tackles over the course of five games.
There has been talk that Beason’s NFL career could be over, so it shouldn’t come as a big surprise to see the Giants take the cap savings and move on.
According to OverTheCap.com, releasing Beason will free up $4.5 million cap space while creating $1,466,668 in dead money for the 2016 season.