Olivier Vernon could help the Giants
In early March I asked whether or not the New York Giants should consider signing free agent edge rusher Olivier Vernon.
Of course Vernon played for the Giants from 2016-18. Then he was traded to the Cleveland Browns along with wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in exchange for Jabrill Peppers, Kevin Zeitler and a first round pick.
Now the 30 year-old Vernon is a free agent, but is also recovering from a torn Achilles. Even so, Alex Kay of Bleacher Report believes the Giants should sign him.
The Giants have had a quality offseason, picking up receiver Kenny Golladay and corner Adoree’ Jackson and re-signing Leonard Williams to address some of their most glaring holes. They can punctuate it by inking one more pass-rusher to round out a defense that looks to be much improved for the upcoming campaign.
Olivier Vernon would be a solid addition to the Big Blue roster as a productive edge-rusher with a strong motor. He is coming off a torn Achilles he suffered late in the 2020 season but once healthy should get right back to attacking the quarterback at a high level.
Vernon had some of his best years as a pro with the G-Men, racking up 22 sacks in three seasons with the club before he was dealt to Cleveland as part of the Odell Beckham Jr. trade. The Giants should welcome him back with open arms, upgrading the defense with a key veteran piece in the process.
I don’t think it would hurt for the Giants to at least offer Vernon a one-year deal for the veteran minimum. I wouldn’t expect him to be ready for week one, but he could be a situational pass rusher if need be at some point during the season.
You have to remember that New York didn’t get a premier edge rusher in free agency, so they will likely look to the draft to fill that need. Vernon would also give them some insurance in case whoever they draft struggles as a rookie.
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