Browns trading G Zeitler to Giants for DE Vernon

Giants linebacker Olivier Vernon

Giants linebacker Olivier Vernon

Cleveland Browns guard Kevin Zeitler will next play for the New York Giants.

The Giants have found a trade partner for edge rusher Olivier Vernon. Cleveland also swapped its 155th pick in the draft for New York's 132nd, according to Garafolo.

Zeitler was available via a trade because the Browns believe he was also overpaid. When the Browns signed him as a free agent in 2017, Zeitler became the highest-paid guard in the National Football League - a title that has since been surpassed by Dallas' Zack Martin and Jacksonville's Andrew Norwell. He has 51 sacks in seven seasons, including seven past year when he was named a Pro Bowler for NY.

Halapio started the first two games of 2018 before he broke his right leg and ankle and underwent surgery, missing the rest of the season.

The Giants are hoping the 29-year-old guard will improve a front line that surrendered 47 sacks last season.

By trading him prior to June 1, the Giants will save $11.5 million against the cap and carry $8 million in dead money on their books for the 2019 season.

In addition to adding Zeitler, the Giants on Friday re-signed center Jon Halapio, who had been an exclusive-rights free agent.

A first-round pick by the Bengals in 2012, Zeitler was a Pro Bowl alternate in 2016. He signed a five-year, $60 million deal with Cleveland in March 2017.

With trade talks seemingly stalled, it looked like the Giants would need to cut the former All-Pro to recoup.

Receiver Danny Amendola was released by Miami, creating $6 million salary cap space for the Dolphins.

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