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SportNFL trade rumors: Giants send linebacker Olivier Vernon to Browns

19:45  08 march  2019
19:45  08 march  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Olivier Vernon's time with the Giants has come to an end.

The 28-year-old linebacker is heading to Cleveland after the two teams reached a deal Friday, according to NFL Network, which cited unidentified sources.

In exchange, the Browns are sending guard Kevin Zeitler to New York. Cleveland will get a fourth-round pick (No. 132), while the Giants are getting a fifth-round selection (No. 155) in return. The terms won't be official until the new league year opens on March 13.

Vernon signed a five-year, $85 million with the Giants in 2016 and he's still due $15.25 million in base salary for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

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Vernon, who was selected by the Dolphins in the third round of the 2012 draft, has tallied 22 sacks and 131 tackles in 39 games with the Giants. 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.

The Giants are coming off a 5-11 season, while the resurgent Browns finished with a 7-8-1 record.

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