Giants Trade Olivier Vernon To Browns For Guard Kevin Zeitler

He missed nine contests over the past two seasons with ankle issues, but he led the Giants last season by posting seven of the team's 30 sacks.

Kevin Zeitler received a big surprise for his birthday. NY will also receive a fourth-round (No. 155) pick, while the Browns will get the No. 132 pick in exchange.

The 28-year-old Vernon started 39 games over three seasons with the Giants. He is due to earn $10 million this season.

The team could also theoretically use the sixth overall pick on a pass rusher if they decide none of the available quarterbacks are players they want to build around. "This is clearly a team that feels it's on the precipice of doing something significant, not just having a winning season, but making the playoffs, making a run of some kind".


The Giants traded the Pro Bowl defensive end to the Cleveland Browns on Friday, according to multiple reports.

By trading him prior to June 1, the Giants will save $11.5 million against the cap and carry $8 million in dead money on their books for the 2019 season. He is currently the third-highest-paid at his position now behind Dallas' Zak Martin and Andrew Norwell of Jacksonville, who the Giants wanted to sign in free agency past year.

Zeitler just completed his second season with the Browns, who signed him to a five-year, $60 million deal as a free agent in 2017 after five seasons with Cincinnati.

Teams across the National Football League have been wheeling and dealing lately, and it appears the Cleveland Browns tried to make a pretty big splash.


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