The Giants have signed Vernon, NJ.com reports. Per NFL Network, his deal is a five-year, $85 million contract. After applying their transition tag to Vernon, the Dolphins changed course Wednesday, allowing Vernon -- who is is coming off a 2015 season in which he recorded 61 tackles and 7.5 sacks -- to hit free agency. The Giants then moved in quickly, securing the services of the 25-year-old defensive end, who will provide a huge boost to the team's pass rush.
The Dolphins have removed the transition tag they placed on Vernon last week, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. The Dolphins added Mario Williams on Tuesday and already have Cameron Wake in tow, so they decided to let Vernon explore his options a bit more, and will no longer be able to automatically match any offer he receives. Vernon tallied 7.5 sacks last season and 25.5 sacks over the last three seasons, so interest in him will be high.
The Dolphins have applied the transition tag to Vernon, the Sun Sentinel reports. The designation assures Vernon at least $12.73 million for the coming season, though other teams can still negotiate with the talented 25-year-old pass-rusher once free agency opens. In the event that Vernon inks a long-term deal with another team, the Dolphins would have the right to match the offer. The defensive end is coming off a 2015 season in which he recorded 61 tackles and 7.5 sacks.
The Dolphins are still discussing whether or not to put the franchise or transition tag on Vernon, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports. Vernon has become a valuable pass rusher and the Dolphins don't want to lose him. If the team puts the franchise tag on him that would guarantee Vernon $15.7 million next season whereas the transition tag would cost $12.7 million. The Dolphins could also choose to let him test his value on the open market before making a contract offer but that would be dangerous as Vernon may be able to get a bigger deal than the Dolphins want to pay.
Vernon had a solid season in 2015 with 61 tackles and 7.5 sacks. Vernon once again played all 16 games, he has never missed a game in his career,and although the sacks weren't a career high (11.5 in 2013),the tackles were. The Dolphins leaned on Vernon more than usual to pressure the quarterback when Cameron Wake (Achilles) was lost for the season. With Ndamukong Suh, Wake, and Vernon, the defensive line should not be a high priority for an upgrade this off-season.
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