Former Miami Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon has certainly had one of the strangest weeks of anyone in the NFL. Just a few weeks ago, he was labeled with a transition tag by the Dolphins and it looked like he would stick around with them through the 2016 season.
However, Tuesday afternoon, the team removed that tag, which made him a free agent Wednesday morning. It didn’t take him too long to be scooped up as Olivier Vernon signed a deal with $85.5 million over five years with the New York Giants.
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported the news on Twitter and said that $52.5 million of the deal is guaranteed, making it the largest defensive end free agent deal in the history of the NFL.
Olivier Vernon gets $85M over 5 years — WOW — with $52.5M in guarantees.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 9, 2016
Vernon was picked out of the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft and has had a ton of success in the NFL since then. He has recorded 29 sacks, including 11.5 in 2013, as well as three forced fumbles.
The Giants just also recently re-signed Jason Pierre-Paul to a one-year deal, so many may see this contract with Vernon as useless. For now, all we can do is speculate on what the team is doing.
The Giants better hope Vernon pays dividends on this large deal.
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