A report states that the Cleveland Browns could be looking to move the 30-year old defensive end.
If it was up to Cleveland Browns fans the team would have traded Olivier Vernon a long time ago. According to a report from Albert Breer the Cleveland Browns are making Vernon available in trade talks.
Vernon has appeared in five games for Cleveland this season totaling 11 tackles, 6 of which are solo, not exactly stats that are eye popping. While he does not have any sacks he does have 7 QB pressures, 5 hurries, and 2 knockdowns. Also worth noting is that he is only playing 56% of total defensive snaps, the second-lowest total since becoming a starter. The lowest total was last season with only 48% of total snaps played.
It is important to take into consideration the total collection of players on the defensive line not named Myles Garrett. Adrian Clayborn and Porter Gustin have been contributing, but they have been playing 27% and 41% respectively. It is about all the players playing their role and being a part of the rotation on the defensive line.
Some people look at the contract of Olivier Vernon and view it as a waste money. Vernon’s $11 million cap hit is not cheap, but the reality is the Browns are not hurting money wise. It would be for the best if the Browns held on to Vernon for the rest of the season and continue to utilize what has been a productive defensive line rotation.