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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Articles tagged: Olivier Vernon

5 NFL players who could be cut before free agency

Long before the new league year arrives and the frenzy that is free agency gets underway, NFL teams will need to tinker with their rosters. They will be releasing players and/or adjusting contracts in an effort to secure as much salary cap space as possible.

As a result, the already robust free agent market will be flooded with additional talent, providing teams that many more options to plug holes on their roster.

Here’s a look at five of the bigger names who could be released leading up to the start of free agency.

5. A.J. Bouye, CB, Jacksonville Jaguars

When the Jacksonville Jaguars originally signed A.J. Bouye, he was one of the best up-and-coming cornerbacks in the league. However, over the last three seasons, Bouye has seen a sharp decline in his production, which was capped off with a 58.4 Pro Football Focus score in 2019 after allowing 52 receptions on 80 targets. As things sit, he has two years and nearly $31 remaining on that deal, and there’s next to no chance the Jaguars see that out. Here in 2020, Bouye would account for a dead cap hit of $4 million if released, but that pales in comparison to the nearly $11.5 million in cap savings the Jaguars would receive if they cut their losses. Ultimately, expect Jacksonville to attempt to swing a trade before releasing Bouye outright — assuming they find no takers, of course.


Olivier Vernon defends Odell Beckham as ‘great teammate’

Odell Beckham

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.

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.

Olivier Vernon traded from Giants to Browns

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.

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.

Report: Olivier Vernon’s status uncertain following sprained ankle

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.

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.

Report: Olivier Vernon gets good news on ankle injury

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.

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 reportedly gifted Giants with $150K worth of cognac for Christmas

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.

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

H/T theScore

Olivier Vernon: Sacks are better than sex


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.