By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The New York Giants have traded defensive end/linebacker Olivier Vernon to the Cleveland Browns. In exchange, the Browns are receiving right guard Kevin Zeitler.
The deal cannot become official until the new league year on March 13th. Zeitler learned of his trade on his birthday.Embed from Getty Images
The 28-year-old Miami, Florida native will be playing for his third NFL franchise. Besides playing for the Giants, he played for his hometown Miami Dolphins.
He spent the last three seasons with the Giants after signing with the team as a free agent.
This past season, he appeared in 11 games, all starts, with the Giants. He had 30 tackles, including five tackles for a loss, and 21 quarterback hits.
He also had 7.0 sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and one pass deflection.
He was the Dolphins third-round draft pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Once this deal is official, the Browns will have a decision to make. They can release him with $0 dead cap space. He would have been paid $54 million over three years if he gets released.
Should the Browns elect to keep Vernon, Cleveland will be responsible for $15.25 million in the 2019 and 2020 seasons before becoming a free agent in 2021.
The 29-year-old Waukesha, Wisconsin native will also be playing for his third NFL franchise. Besides playing for the Browns, he played for the Cincinnati Bengals.
This past season with the Browns, he played in 16 games. He spent the last two seasons in Cleveland, Ohio after spending his first five seasons with the Bengals.
Zeitler will be paid $10 million for the 2019 season. Then, the team would have to make a decision on his future.
The Giants now hold an out following the 2019 season. New York can release him and only be responsible for $4.8 million.
He would be paid three-years, $38 million over the last three seasons, including the 2019 season.
If New York elects to keep him and not release him with his out, he will be owed $22 million over the next two seasons in 2020 and 2021. Zeitler is owned $10 million in 2020 and $12 million in 2021.