Olivier Vernon was in the right place at the right time


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.

22 responses to “Olivier Vernon was in the right place at the right time

  1. 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……..

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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!!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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’.

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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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