Giants send linebacker Olivier Vernon to Browns

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Meanwhile, the defense will need to find pass rushers, and find playmakers on defense, especially after finishing with just 30 sacks last season.

According to Rapoport, the Browns are sending guard Kevin Zeitler to the Giants. Cleveland gets back pass rusher Olivier Vernon in the trade.

The Giants are hoping the 29-year-old guard will improve a front line that surrendered 47 sacks last season. While there were some late-round picks swapped, this was a rare veteran-for-veteran trade in the NFL.

He is scheduled to make $15.5 million in each of the next two seasons. Here's five impacts it will have on the Browns for the upcoming season.




While the Giants have made some questionable moves over the past few years, we're still talking about the Marra family and one of the best run franchises in National Football League history. The trade was also reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter.

By trading Vernon, the Giants will have to eat $8 million toward the salary cap next season while saving $11.5 million. 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 a year ago.

Zeitler, who has three years remaining on his contract, hasn't missed a start in four years.

Injuries have been Vernon's biggest problem since signing a five-year, $84.75 million deal as the Giants' prized free agent in the 2016 offseason. During an interview with 92.3 the Fan in Cleveland, NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabawala said the Browns had offered multiple players to the Giants in hopes of landing Beckham.

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