Wednesday’s roundup: Giants cut two, Beason retires

Associated Press

East Rutherford, N.J. — The Giants announced Wednesday linebacker Jon Beason has retired and that offensive linemen Will Beatty and Geoff Schwartz have been released.

All three players finished the season on injured reserve, with Beatty missing the entire season.

A former first-round draft choice and a three-time Pro Bowler, Beason played 93 regular-season games (90 starts) in nine seasons. His career totals included 829 tackles, 10 interceptions and four sacks. He was acquired by the Giants in a trade with the Panthers in 2013 and played in nine games the past two seasons.

“I always tried to give my all and be competitive,” said Beason, who was bothered by foot, toe and knee injuries the past two seasons. “I wanted to go out and continue to play at a high level, giving my all.

“I was able to do that.”

Beatty joined the Giants as a second-round draft choice in 2009. From his rookie season through 2014, he played in 82 regular-season games with 63 starts, eventually taking over as the team’s left tackle.

He tore a pectoral muscle during an offseason workout on May 19, underwent surgery, and was placed on the reserve/physically unable to perform list. Beatty returned to practice in October, but tore a rotator cuff, and again had surgery.

Schwartz, a seven-year veteran, joined the Giants as a free agent before the 2014 season and played in 13 games in two seasons.

Browns LB charged

Browns linebacker Armonty Bryant has been indicted on two felony drug charges.

Bryant and former teammate De’Ante Saunders were arrested on Christmas following a traffic stop. Police say they found marijuana, prescription drugs and a loaded handgun in Saunders’ car. He also was cited for drunken driving. The Browns released him from their practice squad.