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Olivier Vernon was in the right place at the right time

Olivier Vernon, Thad Lewis AP

With the salary cap spiking and the Giants having millions to spend and G.M. Jerry Reese under a clear mandate to make the team better, the planets lined up perfectly for defensive end Olivier Vernon.

The best available pass rusher in a free-agency class that lacks any high-end, double-digit sackmasters, Vernon was in the right place at the right time to get paid.

By all indications, Vernon’s deal compares favorably to Texans defensive end J.J. Watt’s contract. (The true story will be told when the real numbers are released; for now, the piranha pack looking to placate producers and editors will pass along whatever they get without regard to ultimate accuracy.) But few would otherwise confuse Vernon for Watt, a three-time NFL defensive player of the year.

Watt is a dominant force. Vernon is a solid player who had 7.5 sacks in his contract year. The Dolphins surely knew the eventual lay of the land at defensive end during the 2015 regular season, and yet they made no effort to lock Vernon up for something far less than what he has gotten.

They didn’t, which allowed Vernon and agent David Canter to be on the receiving end of a spending spree orchestrated by a General Manager who had better spend what he has while he still has the ability to spend it. If Reese doesn’t use his resources to improve the team in any way he can now, Reese may not be in position to spend even more money in 2017.

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22 Responses to “Olivier Vernon was in the right place at the right time”
  1. key2heat says: Mar 9, 2016 5:48 PM

    At this rate the giants can not afford to sign the 2016 draft class.

  2. richiethegreek says: Mar 9, 2016 5:54 PM

    Right place, right time is correct. This guy found himself a sucker GM on the hot seat. DREAM TEAM.

  3. chawk12thman says: Mar 9, 2016 5:54 PM

    Regardless on star alignment and circumstance, this amount for him is too high…..Hopefully, this doesn’t impact everyone else in the next few years…….

    The immediate impact for the Seahawks will be that they now have to pay serious attention to Bennett’s request to renegotiate his contract……..

  4. tundey says: Mar 9, 2016 5:58 PM

    Wow! I heard this on the radio and my first thought was: NY Football Giants or SF baseball Giants? And I watch a lot of football!

  5. jchipwood says: Mar 9, 2016 6:00 PM

    As a Dolphin fan I knew he was gone. He may not play up to the 85 mil contract but he’s going to help them win games. Especially if JPP can come around.

  6. ncphinsfan says: Mar 9, 2016 6:01 PM

    Finally the Dolphins Front Office has begun to act like Professionals and make sensible moves. I like OV, but he extorted the Team and was let go. By removing the Tag, the Phins get a Comp Pick AND about $17M to play with. We literally signed 4 much needed players for his one salary and he wasn’t even the best DE on the team!!

  7. arzcardinals says: Mar 9, 2016 6:03 PM

    7.5 sacks…and how rich? I’m in the wrong profession

  8. VenerableAxiom says: Mar 9, 2016 6:06 PM

    Hell, I reckon so. I’m still laughing at that contract. Good for Vernon though. Sounds like a desperation move to me. Dolphins not only knew they lay of land for DE (and signed Mario Williams for 8 mil a year), they know exactly what Vernon’s true value is, as opposed to market value, and will get a 3rd round comp pick.

  9. fanofpft says: Mar 9, 2016 6:10 PM

    I called it. That it would double the pay of Williams.

    Vernon’s first year is 9M more that the highest outcome of Williams 2 year contract. I see that Vernon’s first 3 years pay is guaranteed.

    His fully guaranteed money is also doubled of the highest outcome of Williams 2 year contract.

  10. r502 says: Mar 9, 2016 6:20 PM

    Crazy money thrown at Vernon and Jackson makes Oakland’s deal with Irvin look like a solid price.
    These big deals will make it tough to keep or pursue free agents in the future. I cannot imagine that the price paid will translate into the kind of production that would make you say, ‘he was worth every penny’.

  11. thefootballgodssay says: Mar 9, 2016 6:26 PM

    Giants have 26 million under the cap

  12. thefootballgodssay says: Mar 9, 2016 6:28 PM

    2017 giants cap # is 50 million under the cap

  13. mickton says: Mar 9, 2016 6:35 PM

    olivier will never see 3/4 of that 85 million$ contract.

  14. fanofpft says: Mar 9, 2016 6:35 PM

    Top Free Agent Spenders (snapshot)
    #Giants: $147.5M
    #Jaguars: $126.3M
    #Texans: $126M
    #Raiders: $95M
    #Eagles: $77M

  15. r502 says: Mar 9, 2016 6:40 PM

    Big money for Jackson and Vernon will eventually haunt these teams. Ask Denver how it tastes today. At least they won it all, so going all in was worth it. Next year, not so much.

  16. BigVinnyInJax says: Mar 9, 2016 6:52 PM

    I wanted him in Jacksonville, but this is ridiculous money. Maybe in the end the Jaguars dodged a bullet on this one. Not sour grapes, just trying to stay positive.

  17. doe22us says: Mar 9, 2016 7:10 PM

    GM’s will never never learn, rarely if ever has a team that has spent top dollar won. I guess when you are desperate, all caution to the wind is thrown away.

  18. iammrbinky says: Mar 9, 2016 7:14 PM

    I am so glad that for once it’s not the Dolohins on the wrong end of boneheaded signings like this. Congrats to OV but damn. Worst FA signing this off season.

  19. capslock82 says: Mar 9, 2016 7:52 PM

    A lot of folks ripping the contract deal. In the not so far past the Giants won 2 Super Bowls with a stacked D-line. If the gel and hit their stride, they could be really dangerous.

  20. Angry Orange Man says: Mar 9, 2016 8:45 PM

    I think this is a terrible move. I would have been much happier signing Mario Williams for 2 years like the Dolphins did. Then again, Jerry Reese is desperate to save his job next season. Which is the main reason I think the Giants screwed the pooch when they let Reese stay on as GM.

  21. kahnsbushymustache says: Mar 9, 2016 9:51 PM

    “Oh, NOW you spend money in free agency…” – Tom Coughlin

  22. syrnyg says: Mar 10, 2016 7:41 AM

    I think the Giants did a good job, they are betting on Vernon to continue to progress. I read that in weeks 9-17 he had 29 QB hits, which is ridiculous.. He plays the run well… This is not like the Eagles “Dream Team” They signed Cromartie, Babin, Asomough, and Vince Young, after winning the NFC East. The Giants finished 3rd and were dead last in the NFL in practically every defensive stat. We lost 5 or 6 games in the last 2 minutes cause our defense couldn’t stop anyone, and the QB had 5 minutes to throw. The Giants needed to spend money to fix all their mistakes in the drafts… These are young guys, the DL is 27 and younger.

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