Free Agency 2016

Giants Win Olivier Vernon Sweepstakes

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It came down to the New York Giants and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Miami Dolphins free agent defensive end Olivier Vernon chose to play with the Giants.

Vernon was PFF’s top rated defensive lineman last year and reportedly signed a five-year deal worth approximately $85 million with $52.5 million guaranteed.

The $52.5 million guaranteed is the most ever for a defensive end and the Giants have revamped their defensive line as they inked Damon Harrison and Jason Pierre-Paul, as well as cornerback Janoris Jenkins.

New York seems to be trying to replicate the formula that won them a pair of Super Bowl titles (2007, 2011) as they had one of the fiercest pass rushes in football, along with a quarterback who played big in big games.

They still have Manning, and they’ve replaced Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora with Harrsion and Vernon, while still having Pierre-Paul.


About Charlie Bernstein

Charlie Bernstein

Charlie Bernstein is the managing football editor for Football Insiders and has covered the NFL for over a decade.  Charlie has hosted drive time radio for NBC and ESPN affiliates in different markets around the country, along with being an NFL correspondent for ESPN Radio and WFAN.  He has been featured on the NFL Network as well as Sirius/XM NFL Radio and has been published on Fox Sports, Sports Illustrated, ESPN as well as numerous other publications.