As the 2016 season gets closer more pressure will fall onto the shoulders of Olivier Vernon the big free agent signee by the New York Giants this offseason. Vernon is a defensive end who just signed a huge 5-year 85-million-dollar contract.
Vernon is coming off of a great 2015 season, where he started and played in all 16 games for the Miami Dolphins; he totaled 61 tackles, 41 of which he had no assistance, and sacked the QB 7.5 times. His numbers seem to be pretty consistent since he entered the league in 2012, playing in every game. Since 2012 he has totaled 29 sacks, and 196 tackles showing that he is a defensive force, and can stay consistent.
Vernon's success over the last four years proves that spending some big bucks on him is worth it. He really needs to have a great 2016 season though, to prove that he was worth the 85-million-dollar contract. His ability to pass rush and disrupt a team’s offense is extremely valuable for the Giants this year. Along with all the other defensive players they have acquired in the offseason Vernon should fit right in and hopefully be one of the many solid defensive players for the Big Blue this season.
Statistically Vernon has every reason to just as productive this year with the Giants. Especially with Jason Pierre-Paul back this season they can seriously benefit one another while on the line of scrimmage.