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Browns Deal Zeitler to Giants for Vernon

Hey kids, it's a major player-for-player trade. These are always fun and we don't get many of them. Cleveland is sending right guard Kevin Zeitler and pick 155 (fifth round) to the Giants for pass-rusher Olivier Vernon and pick 132 (fourth). The Browns made Zeitler the best-paid guard in the game a couple years ago but they'll now replace him with 2018 second-round pick Austin Corbett. It's a big upgrade for the Giants from Jamon Brown at right guard. Meanwhile, Vernon is scheduled to make $15.5 million this year; the deal leaves the Giants with $8 million in dead money but also saves them $11.5 million against the cap. Vernon had 29.5 hurries last year by SIS charting; no other Giants pass-rusher had more than 18.

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8 comments, Last at 10 Mar 2019, 3:52pm

1 Re: Browns Deal Zeitler to Giants for Vernon

by Setzer1994 // Mar 08, 2019 - 1:43pm

This seems like a major win for the Giants. Vernon has generally been solid, but always seems to be dinged up (or missing games entirely). Zeitler was PFF's top pass-blocking guard last year.

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3 Re: Browns Deal Zeitler to Giants for Vernon

by Will // Mar 08, 2019 - 4:09pm

It's one of those trades that makes sense for both teams. If Vernon can stay healthy (something he hasn't shown in New York), he should put up great numbers opposite Myles Garrett.

Will

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2 Re: Browns Deal Zeitler to Giants for Vernon

by BJR // Mar 08, 2019 - 3:07pm

The Giants continue to stack their offense around decrepit Eli Manning, LOL.

Edit: and meanwhile don't appear to have any talent left whatsoever on their defense.

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4 Re: Browns Deal Zeitler to Giants for Vernon

by justanothersteve // Mar 08, 2019 - 6:08pm

This could be an interesting year in NY as the Giants get heavily outscored early, then Manning bortles his way to halfway decent stats playing against prevent defenses.

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5 Re: Browns Deal Zeitler to Giants for Vernon

by Setzer1994 // Mar 08, 2019 - 8:21pm

Because offensive lineman can't protect any other QB that the Giants trade for or draft?

Odd take.

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7 Re: Browns Deal Zeitler to Giants for Vernon

by BJR // Mar 10, 2019 - 3:52pm

I thought it was fairly common knowledge that the Giants planned to roll with Eli again this year, but I could be wrong.

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6 Re: Browns Deal Zeitler to Giants for Vernon

by Raiderjoe // Mar 09, 2019 - 5:53am

And howdo we knwo e. Manning is decrepid? Because the jokesters ikn footbLl media say so?

For me, ir is morel ike he ks mediocre like always.

If their scouts do nor like anu quaeterbcks int his draft kr frww agency, then mighr as wwll go with eli manning ahain

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8 Re: Browns Deal Zeitler to Giants for Vernon

by BJR // Mar 10, 2019 - 3:53pm

Mediocre would be very generous to Eli at this stage. The past three years he has logged 331, 117 and 188 DYAR, ranking comfortably in the bottom half of starting QBs each season. The chances of him improving on that at age 38 are slim indeed. Who knows what their scouts are saying about this year's crop of QBs, but it's quite clear they need an upgrade, ideally before Beckham and Barkley's primes are wasted away.

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