BEREA, Ohio- The Cleveland Browns traded guard Kevin Zeitler to the New York Giants, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo said on Friday. Vernon led the Giants in sacks last season and will only get more working with Garrett.
By moving Vernon, the Giants will save $15.5 million on their salary cap, while having to eat $8 million in dead money.
Vernon logged seven sacks last season, his second-highest total since signing with the Giants in 2016, despite missing the first four games with a high-ankle sprain.
This trade was a win-win for the Browns and Giants.
With Zeitler, the notoriously weak Giants offensive line now boasts a consistent and durable right guard, with a high ceiling. He is due to earn $10 million this season.
Zeitler was a first-round draft pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2012. When the Browns signed him as a free agent in 2017, Zeitler became the highest-paid guard in the National Football League - a title that has since been surpassed by Dallas' Zack Martin and Jacksonville's Andrew Norwell.
Emmanuel Ogbah had just 31 quarterback pressures previous year. while Vernon was credited by PFC with 46 over 82 fewer pass-rushing snaps, so Cleveland has clearly upgraded. Others include defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, cornerback Eli Apple, defensive tackle Damon Harrison and, just this week, safety Landon Collins, whom the Giants declined to franchise-tag.
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