The Giants traded the Pro Bowl defensive end to the Cleveland Browns on Friday, according to multiple reports. Vernon, who has had some injury issues, spent his first four with the Miami Dolphins. Establishing himself quickly as one of the league's more complete ends, Vernon was one of the biggest names in free agency before the 2016 season, and signed with NY for $85 million over five years with $52.8 million guaranteed.
Vernon is set to make $15.5 million in each of the two remaining years on his contract.
Pro Football Focus ranked Zeitler as the league's best pass-blocking interior lineman in 2018, so he should help keep the quarterback upright. $8 million of that is a signing bonus that they will have to write off as dead money, so the cap savings would have been $11.5 million. For an offensive line that allowed 47 sacks, that kind of protection will be appreciated. He is due to earn $10 million this season.
NY also re-signed center Jon Hilapio, who was an exclusive-rights free agent and is projected to be a starter in 2019.
Vernon was in the middle of a five-year, $85 million contract with the Giants.
The trade of Zeitler opens a spot with the Browns for Austin Corbett, the 33rd pick in last year's draft.