Beason wants to remain a Panther after losing job

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers three-time Pro Bowler Jon Beason wants to remain in Carolina next season despite losing his starting job at middle linebacker.

Beason says he has no intention of asking for a trade, saying “I want to stay where I’m loved.”

Beason, a four-year starter at middle linebacker, went on IR in Week 5. Coach Ron Rivera moved first-round draft pick Luke Kuechly over from weak side linebacker to replace Beason.

Kuechly has been a smash hit ever since. He’s second in the NFL in tackles and all indications are Rivera plans to keep him there for the foreseeable future.

Rivera says “we may have found something there.”

Although Beason prefers playing middle linebacker, Rivera says his skill set is better suited to play weak side linebacker than Kuechly.