In recent days, there have been conflicting reports when it came to the future of New York Giants linebacker Olivier Vernon. Initially, it appeared as if the Giants were attempting to trade him. However, on Thursday, separate reports surfaced suggesting general manager Dave Gettleman had thought better of that decision.
On Friday, some clarity was levied with news that Vernon was, in fact, getting traded to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for guard Kevin Zeitler.
As part of the trade, the Giants will also be sending their fourth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft to the Browns in exchange for Cleveland’s fifth-round pick.
Vernon, who was a prized free agent acquisition just a few years ago under then-general manager Jerry Reese, has dealt with a consistent barrage of injuries in recent seasons, preventing him from living up to a massive five-year, $85 million contract.
In three seasons with the Giants, Vernon has appeared in 39 games, recording 22.5 sacks and just nine stuffs.
Meanwhile, in Zeitler, the Giants get a 29-year-old starting guard who has appeared in 104 career games (103 starts) since being taken in the first-round of the 2012 NFL Draft. In 2019, he earned a Pro Football Focus grade of 74.5, which was good for sixth-best in the NFL.