Giants trading pass rusher Olivier Vernon to the Browns

What the Kevin Zeitler Olivier Vernon trade means for the Giants

What the Kevin Zeitler Olivier Vernon trade means for the Giants

Zeitler, who was traded on his 29th birthday, helps the Giants address what was arguably their biggest weakness last season - their offensive line. With free agency lacking a ton of edge rushers, the move makes sense for the Browns and Vernon, who could see his production rise as a secondary rusher to Cleveland star defensive end, Myles Garrett. In 39 games with the Giants, Vernon had 130 tackles and 22 sacks.

Last year, Zeitler was graded by Pro Football Focus as the sixth-best guard in the NFL. That was more than twice as many quarterback hits as any other player on the team.

Additionally, he has not topped 40 tackles over the past two seasons and was due to count $15.5 against the salary cap this season.

Bennett's contract - he has two years left with $7.2 million and $8 million cap numbers - was seemingly reasonable. Here's five impacts it will have on the Browns for the upcoming season. One more year of that would've been torture, so moving him was the right move. Draft picks are also attached to the deal, with a 2019 fifth-round pick headed to the Giants and 2019 fourth-round pick going to the Browns. He is currently the third-highest-paid at his position now behind Dallas' Zak Martin and Andrew Norwell of Jacksonville, who the Giants wanted to sign in free agency a year ago. He has three years remaining on his five-year, $60 million contract.

Like it or not, the New York Giants are building around Eli Manning this season.

The trade of Zeitler opens a spot with the Browns for Austin Corbett, the 33rd pick in last year's draft.

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