The Giants could soon part ways with one of their Pro Bowl defenders.
According to NFL Network, which cited unidentified sources, New York has had discussions about trading Olivier Vernon. If the Giants can’t make a deal for the 28-year-old linebacker, they have have the option to cut Vernon for just $8 million after finding a replacement in free agency, ESPN notes.
Vernon was one of the most coveted players in free agency in 2016 as he signed a five-year, $85 million deal with the Giants, which was one of the biggest signings in franchise history. Vernon still has two years on his deal and is owed a little more than $15 million in each of the next two seasons.
General manager Dave Gettleman was asked earlier this week at the combine whether Vernon will be with the Giants for the 2019 season, but he remained coy about the linebacker’s future.
“Again, we’re in the evaluation process,’’ Gettleman said, per the New York Post. “I hope I’m with the team this year.’’
Vernon, who was selected by the Dolphins in the third round of the 2012 draft, has tallied 22 sacks and 131 tackles in 39 games with the Giants. He missed nine contests over the past two seasons with ankle issues, but he led the Giants last season by posting seven of the team’s 30 sacks.