The former Miami Dolphin hit the jackpot in the offseason inking a five-year, $85 million deal with a guaranteed $52.5 million. Many were blown away by the contract as it surpassed Houston Texans Pro Bowler, J.J. Watt, who, until now, had the highest paying contract in the league at the position.
Combining the contract and the change of scenery with a new team, many would feel pressure to perform, but when asked about it, Vernon begs to differ.
“At the end of the day it’s football,” said Vernon. “I don’t think football changes once you get money. I’m just coming up here, just different scenery, coming to play football. That’s it.”
The pressure of the New York media doesn’t even seem to faze the lineman who is confident in his abilities to back up his new earning. In his four years with Miami, Vernon accumulated 137 tackles and 29 sacks.
At the ripe age of 25, the Giants clearly believe in his longevity as well as he started every game in the past two seasons.
A headscratcher or not, Vernon’s contract is set in stone and he is ready to prove he is worth every penny this season.
“When you watch on film, you see what I can do,” explained Vernon. “If you have something wrong about that, then you can always line up against me and see what happens.”
Strong defense has already been shown at the podium, but Vernon would much rather show it out on the field.