Is this not the same forum that vilified Beason when he tore his achilles in 2011 and messed up his knee in 2012? Is this not the group of people that wanted Hurney's head after his 2011 contract extension? Are these the Panther fans who were pissed we picked up Keuchly, another middle linebacker?
Jon Beason is a hell of a leader and a great middle linebacker. Beason has had 2 season-ending-injuries the last 2 seasons and is in his 7th season. Blackburn has won the WLB position that Jon coveted and apparently won over the coaching staff as well. Blackburn won't garner the same contract number as Beason, and has no injury issues like Beason has the past two years.
We can have another player join or a draft pick--something that we Panther fans are constantly bitching about giving up. His contract is also ridiculous considering the amount of playing time. I wish nothing but the best for Jon--a starting linebacker, on a winning team, a Superbowl--but it is not in our best interest to keep him if he is worth more to another team.