INDIANAPOLIS – One of Pat Shurmur's constants in his first season as head coach of the Giants is that he has steadfastly refused to make any criticism of his players public. There was one exception: he made sure everyone knew by the end of November that he did not see his opponents "spending extra resources" to block Olivier Vernon.
It was a subtle move, certainly, but it was a blow, pointing to Vernon's lack of production, as a shooter was not the result of a double team. This is not surprising since the Giants are short of money and many holes to be filled, they plan to buy one of their highest paid players and the most accomplished defenders of defense, has confirmed The Post.
Vernon arrived in 2016 as part of an expensive free trade campaign that transformed the defense of the Giants by signing an $ 85 million five-year contract, which includes a $ 52.5 million guarantee. In his three seasons, Vernon has collected 22 sacks in 39 games, missing four games in 2017 and the first five games in 2018 with injuries. It is expected to earn $ 15.5 million in 2019 and have $ 19.5 million on the salary cap. If the Giants negotiate or release Vernon, they will save $ 11.5 million on this year's salary cap, but Vernon will have $ 8 million in dead money.
Maybe the giants could send Vernon a scouting choice to win quarterback Josh Rosen of the Cardinals, if the smoke causes a fire and the Cardinals really want to make Kyler Murray the first pick in the repechage.
The giants are considering placing the franchise label on the Landon Collins security, which would count $ 11.2 million. General Manager Dave Gettleman told the scouting federation this week that Collins' scoring may not be a prudent step from a financial point of view. Giants. After the Giants finished the season with a 5-11 record, it was Gettleman who said the lack of playmakers in defense was the main cause of the loss. Vernon is overpaid but is also the best passer of the list, while Collins, despite his deep cover limitations, is a fierce forward and a closer force than he is near the line of scrimmage. . If they are removed from the starter list, Gettleman will have to do a lot of free agency work and the NFL draft to rephrase a defense that was already missing in several areas.
Gettleman, who asked Wednesday whether Vernon will be part of the team this season, was deliberately evasive.
"Once again, we are in the evaluation process," he said. "I hope I'm with the team this year."
Vernon in 11 games last season led the Giants with seven sacks. The Giants have only managed 30 bags in any season.
The day after the 25-22 loss to the Eagles, Shurmur assessed Vernon's lack of impact in the game.
"It's certainly important to put pressure on the quarterback," Shurmur said. "We want all of our very good players to get production. He is there, he contributes. You do not limit the quarterback or the quarterback spends a good day throwing the ball. Part of that is definitely the haste.
"This is my first exposure to O.V. You know a lot more about him than I do about his history with the Giants. But no, I do not see the teams spending extra resources to block it. "
NFL Network was the first to report that the giants were considering dealing with Vernon.