I've heard undisclosed and conditional. There is a difference there. I feel like the people angry at this trade do not fully understand where Beason was in his contract.
Jon Beason had a contract set to void before the new league year. That means Jon Beason had no value to us beyond this 2013 season. Jon Beason was not starting for us, and we have a young guy in AJ Klein the Panthers want to give more reps to. This move is about the future.
As for the compensatory picks I don't think we would have gotten any of those. I do not understand the language but the fact he did not see out his contract but instead voided it could take away that compensatory selection. Also compensatory selection are based on salary and playing time. Quoted from Wikipedia but meh:
Compensatory picks cannot be traded, and the placement of the picks is determined by a proprietary formula based on the player's salary, playing time, and postseason honors with his new team, with salary being the primary factor.
There is no real guarantee the Beast would command a high salary or playing time. He could be out of the league next year as hard as that is to believe. So whatever we got is more valuable to us in 2014 than Beason would have been.
That micro-fracture surgery Beason had is nothing to shrug at. It is a "last resort" surgery by players trying to save their career. The number of players that fully recover from it are zero or very near zero. Beason is one of my all time favorites but he is not a valuable asset. When is the last time Beason was dominant? 2010? 2009? Think about that.