Odell Beckham Jr. has gained a reputation as a difficult teammate with a selfish streak in his time with the New York Giants, but one fellow player who knows him well thinks that’s nonsense.
Olivier Vernon, who, like Beckham, moved to the Cleveland Browns this offseason after spending time with the Giants, thinks anyone who doesn’t know Beckham personally should stop speculating about what he’s like behind closed doors.
#Browns DE @oliviervernon54 on @BullandFox on Odell: "He gets a bad rap, I don't know where the hell they got that from. If you never met the guy, don't know the guy, just keep your mouth shut. I played w the guy 3 yrs, now going on my 4th yr, he's a great teammate, great person"
— Keith Britton (@KeithBritton86) May 15, 2019
Beckham’s conduct has come under the microscope again ever since Giants GM Dave Gettleman hinted that he was part of a “culture problem” in the organization. Vernon, who had been there since 2016, clearly doesn’t agree.
The Cleveland Browns made a big move to bolster their pass rush on Friday, acquiring linebacker Olivier Vernon in a trade with the New York Giants.
Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo of NFL Network report that the Browns are sending starting offensive lineman Kevin Zeitler to New York in exchange for Vernon.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 8, 2019
While Vernon hasn’t exactly been the superstar the Giants hoped he would be when they signed him to a five-year, $85 million deal in 2016, he was still their best pass rusher last season. Vernon had seven sacks and 21 quarterback hits in just 11 games, as he battled an ankle injury that caused him to miss the start of the year.
Adding Vernon to a defensive front that already features Myles Garrett is a big move for the Browns. If he can remain healthy, Vernon should benefit greatly from the double-teams Garrett commands.
The New York Giants may have to begin their 2018 season without one of their best pass-rushers, as Olivier Vernon was carted off the practice field on Sunday and is dealing with an ankle injury.
While the injury initially looked bad, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Vernon was diagnosed with a sprain and has a “deep bruise” on his upper ankle. That’s obviously better than a break or tear, but it doesn’t mean Vernon will be ready to get back to work immediately.
More on Olivier Vernon: The key part of the injury is a deep bruise high up on his ankle. This will keep Vernon off his feet. But a timeline isn’t clear until the team sees how he responds in the next day or so. X-Rays, of course, were negative. https://t.co/uiRPCGn0OB
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 27, 2018
Vernon recorded 15.5 sacks over the past two seasons with the Giants, and it goes without saying that their defense would take a huge step back if he were unable to play in Week 1 and beyond.
The New York Giants got a bit of a scare from linebacker Olivier Vernon, but the news is ultimately good.
Vernon was carted off during Sunday’s practice with what appeared to be an ankle injury. According to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, X-rays on that ankle were negative, and Vernon’s injury does not appear to be serious.
I'm told #Giants OLB Olivier Vernon's (ankle) x-ray came back negative, per source.
— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) August 26, 2018
It’s easy to see why a Vernon injury would have scared the Giants. He has collected 15 sacks in two seasons since moving to New York and is expected to be a big part of their defensive effort once again this season.
Vernon’s problem is the second major scare of the preseason for the Giants, but the other one seems to be working out alright as well.
Olivier Vernon sure makes for one helluva Santa Claus.
According to a report by Dan Duggan of NJ.com on Friday, the New York Giants defensive end spent over $150,000 on unique Christmas gifts for the entire team: personalized bottles of Louis XIII Cognac. Vernon gifted every one of his teammates and coaches (plus other members of the organization) with a bottle and had each one engraved with the recipient’s name, even provided matching champagne glasses to boot.
ESPN’s Darren Rovell tweeted a sample of the cognac bottles Vernon gifted, which retail for $3,000 each.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) December 24, 2016
It’s a commendable way to spread the wealth and the Christmas cheer after Vernon inked a massive $85 million deal with the team over the offseason. Does it top this fellow NFLer for best Yuletide present of 2016? You decide.
Image via Olivier Vernon on Instagram
Olivier Vernon recently agreed to a contract with the New York Giants that will make him a very wealthy man. The good news is he’s still hungry for sacks and not resting on his laurels.
Vernon had a chat with Steve Serby of the New York Post, and the whole thing is pretty great. The one answer that sticks out is Vernon’s response when asked which he prefers: sacks or sex?
“I think sacks, man,” Vernon said, laughing. “Sacks are hard to come by.”
He’s right on that last part. Most of us will never collect a sack in the NFL.
Among other tidbits: Vernon wishes he’d had the chance to sack Peyton Manning and has a lot of respect for Tom Brady, calling him “tough” and rejecting the premise that he’s a whiner.
But don’t worry, Giants fans: that big contract won’t change Vernon.
“Everybody wants to get compensated for playing the game. I still have more things to check off right now, and I have plenty of more years left to do that.”
Considering the Giants just made him the highest paid defensive end in NFL history, they’d better hope he’s right about that.
The dollars are flying on the first day of NFL free agency, as Olivier Vernon has reportedly been handed a monster deal by the New York Giants.
The figures, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, are staggering.
For Olivier Vernon and the #Giants, I'm told it's the biggest defensive end deal in history with the most guaranteed money
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 9, 2016
5 years, $85 million, $52.5m guaranteed.
— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) March 9, 2016
It’s a ridiculous sum of money. Vernon is a good player and he’s collected 6.5 and 7.5 sacks over the last two seasons, but this is a record salary in terms of both total and guaranteed money.
It’s definitely a statement of intent from the Giants, who seem like they want to make one last big run behind Eli Manning. Earlier Wednesday, they agreed to terms on a $62 million deal with cornerback Janoris Jenkins.
Don’t worry, by the way. Unlike the folks at ESPN, we made doubly sure to check that this Vernon news was real.