There is a fire sale happening in New York. The Giants are dumping big-name talent. Some of the players available could help the Seattle Seahawks in their run to this year’s NFL playoffs.
The New York Giants are cleaning house. So far cornerback Eli Apple, and defensive tackle Damon “Snacks” Harrison have been traded for low round draft picks. Reports are that New York isn’t finished yet, Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider better hurry up before all the good players are gone.
A product of the 2012 draft class, Olivier Vernon was selected in the third round by Miami (72nd overall). Vernon played his first four years with the team that drafted him and was signed as a free agent by the Giants for 2016. When healthy, he is a premier pass rusher.
Pros: Vernon can get to the quarterback, something the Seahawks have had trouble with. He would make a great bookend with Frank Clark. The former Miami Hurricane can also play linebacker if necessary.
Cons: If the Seahawks decide to cut Vernon before the end of his contract, it would cost them $4M per season of dead money against the cap due to his signing bonus. With an annual salary of $15.2M per season, in 2019 and 2020, it would be a huge commitment.
Wrap: This one is unlikely due to the money it would take, and Vernon’s injury history.