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Olivier Vernon | Defensive Lineman | #54

Team: New York Giants
Age / DOB:  (26) / 10/7/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 275
College: Miami (FL)
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 3 (72) / MIA
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Giants signed RE Olivier Vernon, formerly of the Dolphins, to a five-year, $85 million contract.
The deal includes $40 million fully guaranteed and is a record-setting contract. The Giants came into the offseason needing to do something about their woeful pass rush. And they've done just that by first re-signing LE Jason Pierre-Paul and now going out and landing probably the biggest fish on the board in Vernon. Vernon was Pro Football Focus' No. 1 overall 4-3 end last season, recording 81 combined sacks, hits, and hurries, while also playing elite run defense. By adding Vernon and DT Damon Harrison on Wednesday, the Giants greatly boosted their defense. Mar 9 - 4:58 PM

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NFL.com's Jeff Darlington reports the Jaguars and Giants are the "two most serious" contenders for free agent DE Olivier Vernon.

Darlington calls talks "fluid and ongoing." Arguably the top player left on the open market, Vernon should find a new home some time in the next few hours.
Mar 9 - 3:43 PM

The Dolphins have rescinded RE Olivier Vernon's transition tag, making him a free agent.

Vernon now becomes the top free agent available at any position and should be in line for a mega pay day after DL Malik Jackson got six years, $90 million, and $42 million guaranteed from the Jaguars. Vernon's benchmark will be $15 million per year at least, and it's possible he could follow Jackson to Jacksonville. The Giants will also have heavy interest in Vernon. The Dolphins made the decision after signing Mario Williams on Tuesday.
Mar 9 - 9:37 AM

ESPN's Dan Graziano reports the Giants "plan to make a run" at transition tagged DE Olivier Vernon.

Despite re-signing Jason Pierre-Paul and coming to terms with CB Janoris Jenkins, the Giants have a lot of work left to do on defense. Adding an ascending pass rusher like Vernon would be a fantastic next step. The Dolphins are expected to rescind Vernon's transition tag, meaning the Giants will not have to worry about Miami matching if they are able to work out a deal with the talented defensive end.
Mar 9 - 9:14 AM

Yahoo's Charles Robinson reports "it's believed" the Dolphins will rescind Olivier Vernon's transition tag.

FOX Sports' Alex Marvez said Tuesday he is "getting strong vibes" the Dolphins will revoke the tag. With Mario Williams locked up, Miami likely feels more comfortable letting Vernon walk. It is still a horrific decision. Rescinding the tag would at least allow the Dolphins to recoup a compensatory pick when Vernon inevitably signs elsewhere.
Mar 8 - 10:47 PM

FOX Sports' Alex Marvez is "getting strong vibes" the Dolphins will rescind Olivier Vernon's transition tag.

The Dolphins handed out a two-year, $16 million deal to Mario Williams on Tuesday, and supposedly want to retain Cameron Wake. There isn't room for all three players in Miami, while the Dolphins have appeared tepid on Vernon all offseason. Whether they rescind the tag or not, Vernon seems destined to sign an offer the Dolphins won't match.
Mar 8 - 6:31 PM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports the Jaguars are still in on free agent Olivier Vernon after signing DL Malik Jackson.

Per Cole, they're also in the mix for a "top" cornerback or safety. Even after committing $42 million guaranteed to Jackson, the Jags still have money to burn. A defensive back could be more likely, as the Jags have 2015 first-rounder Dante Fowler returning in addition to Jackson.
Mar 8 - 2:58 PM

Yahoo's Charles Robinson expects Dolphins RE Olivier Vernon to have a "robust" market despite his transition tag.

A team could potentially front load a contract offer to Vernon that the cap-strapped Dolphins would be unable to match. It would be like GroundHog Day for Miami, which lost Charles Clay in similar fashion last offseason. Per Robinson, the Giants, Raiders, Jaguars, Browns, and Titans will be among those in pursuit of Vernon. Vernon, 25, is coming off a 7.5-sack campaign.
Mar 7 - 12:00 PM

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald said "don't be surprised" if the Dolphins move on from transition player RE Olivier Vernon if he gets an offer above $12.7 million.

The $12.7 million figure is the price of Vernon's transition tag. If another team offers more, Jackson believes the Dolphins will try to sign two players for what it would have cost to keep Vernon. Robert Ayers, William Hayes, Jeremy Mincey and Mario Williams, who visited with the Dolphins on Saturday, are all viewed as possible replacements should Vernon land elsewhere.
Mar 6 - 11:03 AM

The Newark Star-Ledger's Jordan Raanan believes the Giants' first call in free agency will go to transition player RE Olivier Vernon.

Vernon's phone will be blowing up come March 9 when free agency opens. He's arguably the top player available after he was slapped with merely the transition tag by the Dolphins on Tuesday. He's allowed to negotiate with all 31 other teams, and the Dolphins get nothing but the right to match any offer. The Giants are in desperate need of pass rushers, as are a number of other clubs. The Jaguars should also be in the mix for Vernon's services.
Mar 1 - 8:38 PM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins haven't made a formal contract offer to transition player RE Olivier Vernon since September.

The Dolphins did little work to keep Vernon, and will now let the open market dictate his price. With pass rushers always at a premium and the Dolphins seemingly unwilling to go beyond $12-$13 million per season, Vernon will likely be playing elsewhere in 2016.
Mar 1 - 5:10 PM

The Miami Herald believes transition tagged RE Olivier Vernon is "gone" from Miami if he signs an offer sheet worth an annual $15-$16 million.

It makes sense, as the Dolphins would have franchise tagged Vernon at $15.7 million if they were willing to pay that. With teams always in need of pass rushers and the free agent market thin, it's possible, if not probable, Vernon gets an offer the Dolphins can refuse.
Mar 1 - 1:54 PM

Dolphins assigned the transition tag to RE Olivier Vernon.

Vernon is free to negotiate with other teams, but the Dolphins will have the right to match any offer. They will not receive any compensation if they choose not to match. It is an interesting decision after the Dolphins lost Charles Clay on the transition tag last offseason. Vernon will earn $12.734 million if he plays out the season under the tag, but he is almost certain to land a long-term deal in free agency. Whether that deal will be with Miami or another team remains an open question. Vernon should receive at least $12 million annually on his next deal.
Mar 1 - 11:35 AM

The Miami Herald's Adam Beasley reports retaining impending free agent DE Olivier Vernon is a "cornerstone" of the Dolphins' free agency plans.

With the two sides reportedly still far apart in negotiations, this report suggests the Dolphins will assign the franchise tag to Vernon before the deadline Tuesday afternoon. The tag will cost $15.7 million. Only 25, Vernon should receive at least $12 million annually on his next deal.
Mar 1 - 11:07 AM

The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reports the Dolphins and impending free agent DE Olivier Vernon are not close to a deal.

The two sides are still meeting, but Salguero reports nothing is "imminent." The standoff means the Dolphins will have to decide whether or not to use the franchise tag on Vernon by the Tuesday afternoon deadline. The tag would cost $15.7 million. If the Dolphins decide to tag Vernon, they could do so with the intent to trade him before the draft. An ascending pass rusher, Vernon would command big money if he hit the open market.
Feb 29 - 12:02 PM

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