Report: Giants not shopping Olivier Vernon ahead of trade deadline
The New York Giants have traded away Eli Apple and Damon Harrison over the last two days, giving the impression that anyone on their defense is available to be had in a deal. However, the Giants may not be eager to let go of at least one player on that defense: Olivier Vernon.
An individual with knowledge of the team’s plans told NJ Advance Media on the condition of anonymity that the Giants are not shopping outside linebacker Olivier Vernon.
Vernon, 28, is in Year 3 of a five-year, $85 million deal he signed in 2016. Over his first two years in New York, he’s put up 15 sacks with three forced fumbles and interception in 28 games. He’s been limited to just two games this season due to a high ankle sprain, registering one sack and four tackles.
Vernon’s ability as a proven pass rusher should make him an attractive option for teams in need of edge rushing help. But it doesn’t appear as if the Giants are willing to part with him this season.
Although, their stance on Vernon could yet change if they get a good enough offer from a team. And given the significant changes the Giants have already made to their team over the past few days, it seems foolish to completely rule anything out ahead of next week’s trade deadline.