Beason thrilled with Ryans' blockbuster pay day

One of the axioms of the NFL, at least in the locker rooms around the league, is that players are happy when other players get paid.

Jay Cutler and Philip Rivers were bitter AFC West rivals but when Rivers cashed in last summer with a huge extension from the San Diego Chargers, Cutler cracked a smile when asked about the deal and said he was happy for Rivers. You bet he was. Because Cutler knew the trickle down would reach him, which it did in a matter of months.

So when DeMeco Ryans hit paydirt with the Houston Texans on Tuesday, pulling down a $48 million contract that includes $21.5 million guaranteed, well, the cash registers were going off in Jon Beason’s mind.

"I don't have a pen and a notebook or a tape recorder, but let me ask you a question," Beason said to Darin Gantt of the Charlotte Observer. "Do you think I'm in the same class as DeMeco Ryans, or better?"

Beason is lining up with Patrick Willis of the San Francisco 49ers as the next two linebackers to be paid. The 25-year-old Beason has been to two Pro Bowls, like Ryans, and he is the leader of the Carolina Panthers defense. Beason has only completed three years of his five-year rookie contract and it could be the team wants to see him play one more year, especially with the unstable labor situation for 2011.

"From all the people I've talked to, with a lockout coming, I just don't think it's going to happen now," he said. "If there is a lockout after this season, then I expect it would be after we resume football.

"Either way, it's good to see Dansby, good to see DeMeco get what they deserved."

Beason is taking the right approach here. He doesn’t come across as bitter at all. He’s understanding of the situation which he has no control over. Heading into 2010 angry with his contract status would not help him achieve the ultimate goal.

Follow me on Twitter: BradBiggs

Upcoming Games

Dec 5th, 1:00 PM

Indianapolis -7 -110

Houston +7 -110

@

Dec 5th, 1:00 PM

Arizona -7 -110

Chicago +7 -110

@

Dec 5th, 1:00 PM

NY Giants +2.5 -120

Miami -2.5 -120

@

Dec 5th, 1:00 PM

Minnesota -7.5 -110

Detroit +7.5 -110

@

Dec 5th, 1:00 PM

Philadelphia -6.5 -110

NY Jets +6.5 -110

@

Dec 5th, 1:00 PM

LA Chargers +1.5 -110

Cincinnati -1.5 -110

@

Dec 5th, 1:00 PM

Tampa Bay -9.5 -110

Atlanta +9.5 -110

@

Dec 5th, 4:05 PM

Washington +1.5 -110

Las Vegas -1.5 -110

@

Dec 5th, 4:05 PM

Jacksonville +12 -110

LA Rams -12 -110

@

Dec 5th, 4:25 PM

Baltimore -3 -120

Pittsburgh +3 -120

@

Dec 5th, 4:25 PM

San Francisco -3 -110

Seattle +3 -110

@

Dec 5th, 8:20 PM

Denver +9.5 -111

Kansas City -9.5 -111

@

Dec 6th, 8:15 PM

New England +3.5 -110

Buffalo -3.5 -110

@

Dec 9th, 8:20 PM

Pittsburgh +3.5 -110

Minnesota -3.5 -110

@

Dec 12th, 1:00 PM

Seattle -6.5 -110

Houston +6.5 -110

@

Dec 12th, 1:00 PM

Jacksonville +9.5 -110

Tennessee -9.5 -110

@

Dec 12th, 1:00 PM

Las Vegas +10 -110

Kansas City -10 -110

@

Dec 12th, 1:00 PM

Dallas -5 -110

Washington +5 -110

@

Dec 12th, 1:00 PM

New Orleans -6.5 -110

NY Jets +6.5 -110

@

Dec 12th, 1:00 PM

Atlanta +2.5 -110

Carolina -2.5 -110

@

Dec 12th, 1:00 PM

Baltimore -1 -110

Cleveland +1 -110

@

Dec 12th, 4:05 PM

NY Giants +7.5 -110

LA Chargers -7.5 -110

@

Dec 12th, 4:05 PM

Detroit +8.5 -110

Denver -8.5 -110

@

Dec 12th, 4:25 PM

San Francisco +2.5 -110

Cincinnati -2.5 -110

@

Dec 12th, 4:25 PM

Buffalo +3.5 -110

Tampa Bay -3.5 -110

@

Dec 12th, 8:20 PM

Chicago +11 -110

Green Bay -11 -110

@