The 2019 NFL Combine will come to a close on Monday as the final on-field workouts and interviews conclude, and all those in attendance take off in preparation for the new league year.
In typical fashion, the combine came and went with several players separating themselves from the pack, others hurting their draft stock and, as a sidebar, a ton of news from across the league.
Early on, the New York Giants were the center of attention and there was much to be gleaned. Let’s recap:
Despite finishing the 2018 season strong, earning a spot on the NFC Pro Bowl roster and grading out well courtesy of Pro Football Focus, linebacker Olivier Vernon appears to be on his way out of East Rutherford.
Reports surfaced during the combine that the Giants had not only held internal discussions about trading Vernon, but may have reached out to other teams in an effort to gauge interest.
If the Giants were to trade or release Vernon prior to June 1, they would absorb a dead cap hit of $8 million in 2019, saving a total of $11.5 million. However, if they were to trade or release Vernon post-June 1, the dead cap hit would account for just $4 million with a total savings of $15.5 million.