Who won the Cleveland Browns-New York Giants trade?
- Author: Stacy Allen Mar 10, 2019,
Mar 10, 2019, 0:43
Cleveland also swapped its 155th pick in the draft for New York's 132nd, according to Garafolo.
Vernon graded well last season in his 12 games, but this was a move the team needed to make. Vernon, who has had some injury issues, spent his first four with the Miami Dolphins.
The New York Giants have found a trade partner as they look to part with defensive end Olivier Vernon. Establishing himself quickly as one of the league's more complete ends, Vernon was one of the biggest names in free agency before the 2016 season, and signed with NY for $85 million over five years with $52.8 million guaranteed. The 29-year-old was one of Cleveland's best linemen last season, helping anchor the group following Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas' retirement.
The Eagles acquired Bennett last season in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks. Zeitler joins an underperforming line in NY that he should upgrade significantly.
Zeitler should vastly improve that group, although NY could look to draft offensive linemen next month.
In addition to adding Zeitler, the Giants on Friday re-signed center Jon Halapio, who had been an exclusive-rights free agent. He recorded nine sacks, 15 tackles for loss, and 30 quarterback hits during the regular season, and a sack, three tackles for loss, and three hits in two postseason games. During an interview with 92.3 the Fan in Cleveland, NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabawala said the Browns had offered multiple players to the Giants in hopes of landing Beckham.