Giants' Olivier Vernon: Finishes strong

Vernon logged five total tackles and two sacks in Sunday's 36-35 loss to the Cowboys.

Vernon finished the season with seven sacks and 30 tackles in 11 games, respectable totals for an edge rusher who missed the first five games due to injury. Vernon is the third-highest-paid player on the team after Eli Manning -- who could be cut this offseason -- and Odell Beckham, so the Giants will need him to stay healthier in 2019. It's unlikely Vernon would be a candidate for release, as the Giants would save only $11.5 million of the $19.5 million in salary he's owed by doing so.

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