East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants linebacker Olivier Vernon (54) warms up before a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Draft picks are also attached to the deal, with a 2019 fifth-round pick headed to the Giants and 2019 fourth-round pick going to the Browns.
Vernon, 28, spent the first four years of his career with the Miami Dolphins and has 51 career sacks in 103 games. Vernon has 51 sacks in seven seasons, including seven previous year when he was named a Pro Bowler in NY.
The Giants are coming off a 5-11 season, while the resurgent Browns finished with a 7-8-1 record. He was set to make $15.5 million in each of the two remaining years on his contract. The 29-year-old was one of Cleveland's best linemen last season, helping anchor the group following Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas' retirement.
Amendola, 33, had 59 receptions for 575 yards previous year, both team highs, while making 15 starts in his first season with Miami.
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In addition to adding Zeitler, the Giants on Friday re-signed center Jon Halapio, who had been an exclusive-rights free agent.
As this news is just developing, we'll have more on how each team can utilize each player to their full potential, and why this move makes the most sense for both sides.
Vernon was in the middle of a five-year, $85 million contract with the Giants.
With trade talks seemingly stalled, it looked like the Giants would need to cut the former All-Pro to recoup.
With the addition of Vernon, the Browns lose $10.3 million in cap space.