Giants Make Pro Bowl OL Olivier Vernon Available in Trade Talks

Olivier Vernon during his time with the Giants in 2017. Photo by Chris Szagola/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

It appears that New York Giants are ready to part ways with their Pro Bowl outside linebacker Olivier Vernon. According to ESPN, the Giants have given other NFL teams an impression that Vernon is available for a trade.

Reportedly, the reason why the Giants want to move Vernon is his contract which pays him $31 million for the next two seasons. If the team doesn’t find a suitor for the 28-year-old, they are also considering releasing him according to sources. Both moves would save them $11.5 million against the salary cap while leaving them with $8 million in dead money.

Vernon played a total of 11 games with the Giants in 2018, and finished the year with 30 tackles and 7.0 sacks, while also having one fumble recovery.

Olivier Vernon joined New York Giants in 2016, after he had four successful seasons with the Miami Dolphins. The Giants decided to give him a big five-year contract, worth $85 million with $52.5 million guaranteed. At the time it looked like a wise decision, but Vernon began struggling with injuries since arriving in New York which caused him to miss nine games in the past two years.

Vernon’s NFL career stats include 51.5 sacks, seven forced fumbles, one interception and one touchdown.