With the New York Giants not placing the franchise tag on Landon Collins this week and his departure expected to happen, the team may be keeping at least one of their high-priced players for next season.

The Giants are reportedly leaning towards hanging onto linebacker Olivier Vernon for the 2019 season, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

The 28-year-old Vernon, who is entering the fourth year of a five-year, $85 million deal he signed before the 2016 season, was expected by some to be released given his lack of production in 2018, plus his cap number and how it’d only cost the Giants $8 million in dead money.

Vernon recorded seven sacks for the Giants in 2018, which was a low number given the fact that many expected him to have a tremendous season playing at outside linebacker in the 3-4 defense.

However, an ankle injury in preseason kept Vernon out for the first month and he never seemed to get any momentum going on the season. Three of his seven sacks did come in the Giants Week 17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

Despite his high salary, which is at $15.25 million, the Giants are lacking pass rushers on defense and may not be able to afford to lose Vernon at this time. It has yet to be brought up if the Giants would ask Vernon to restructure his contract or even take a pay cut to get some salary cap relief.

So unless something changes, it looks like Vernon could be back with the Giants for at least one more season.