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Olivier Vernon to the Giants in 2016 NFL Free Agency

Former Miami Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon will join the New York Giants.

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The Miami Dolphins wanted to keep defensive end Olivier Vernon this offseason, but were not willing to pay him the huge contract he felt he could command on the free agent market. It appears those huge salary numbers are becoming a reality for Vernon as he agrees to terms with the New York Giants:

Vernon led the Dolphins in 2015 in sacks, tallying 7.5. The Dolphins' third round pick in 2012, Vernon recorded 29 career sacks in four seasons, along with three forced fumbles and 188 tackles. He has appeared in all 64 games played since he was drafted, starting 46 of them. A Miami native, Vernon, who played high school football at Miami American and college football at the University of Miami, will play football outside of his hometown for the first time with the move to New York.


Vernon's numbers are in, with him receiving $17 million per year: