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Olivier Vernon, Miami Dolphins (January 3, 2016)

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GIANTS AGREE TO TERMS WITH OLIVIER VERNON…
Multiple media sources are reporting that the New York Giants have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent defensive end Olivier Vernon (Miami Dolphins). The contract is reportedly a 5-year, $85 million deal that includes $52.5 million in guaranteed money. The Jacksonville Jaguars were very much in play for his services as well.

The 25-year old Vernon was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Dolphins. In the last three seasons, he has played in every regular-season game with 46 starts, averaging 55 tackles and 8.5 sacks per year. Vernon is a very good two-way player who is disruptive against both the run and the pass. He can get heat on the quarterback from both the end and tackle positions, similar to Justin Tuck, and gets a lot of hits on the quarterback.

VICTOR CRUZ AND GIANTS WORKING ON NEW DEAL…
The Bergen Record is reporting that wide receiver Victor Cruz and the New York Giants are working on a re-structured contract that will keep him with the team in 2016. The Record’s source is optimistic the deal will be completed. Cruz is currently set to count $9.9 million against the team’s 2016 NFL cap. It has been speculated that if Cruz, who missed most of the last two seasons with serious leg injuries, does not accept a pay cut, he may be released from the Giants.

MARCH 9, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS FREE AGENT NEWS AND RUMORS (PART III)…
March 9th marks the official beginning of free agency as teams can begin to sign free agents of other teams at 4:00 PM. Here is the latest:

  • New York Giants unrestricted free agent Robert Ayers is visiting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
  • The New York Giants had reportedly expressed interest in unrestricted free agents wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (Cincinnati Bengals), right tackle Mitchell Schwartz (Cleveland Browns), and right tackle Bobby Massie (Arizona Cardinals), but all three players signed with other teams.

JASON PIERRE-PAUL COMMENTS ON HIS RETURN TO THE GIANTS…
As previously reported, defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has re-signed with the New York Giants. The contract was reportedly a 1-year, $10.5 million deal. Pierre-Paul suffered serious and permanent injuries to his right hand from a July 4th fireworks accident, including the amputation of his index finger and severe damage to his thumb and middle finger. He returned to the playing field halfway through the 2015 season, wearing a large club that made it impossible for him to grab and tackle with his right hand. Pierre-Paul started the eight games he played in and finished the season with 26 tackles, 1 sack, and 6 pass defenses.

“I have one year to prove myself, but all I need is one,” Pierre-Paul said. “I appreciate the Giants allowing me to come back and play here. But it was my decision. I have unfinished business. I know for a fact that I can play better than I did last year. My main goal is to get on the field this year without the club and play some good football. We’ll see from there.”

Pierre-Paul underwent additional surgery on his right hand after the season in the hopes that he can shed the club and wear a glove.

“It’s definitely going to help,” Pierre-Paul said of the surgery. “I’ll be able to grab. Now I’ll be able to open my hand up. My fingers are straight, and I’ll be fine. You’re limited with the club. I’d rather play with one finger than have a club on. Even with the club, even with my injury, I’m still the best at my position. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be here. I think I played pretty well. With the club, people didn’t expect me to play the way I played. I played every down. It was just eight games – I was just getting started.

“I want to be a part of the turnaround. I want to bring my game to another level. With the injury I had, I want to show people that at the end of the day, no matter what happens, you can overcome it in life. I missed training camp (last offseason), I missed a lot of things. As much as I hate training camp, you need it. That’s two years that I missed training camp, one with my back surgery and another with my hand. Hopefully, this will be an injury-free season, and I’ll be out there playing great football.”

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Damon Harrison, New York Jets (November 24, 2014)

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GIANTS AGREE TO TERMS WITH DAMON HARRISON…
Multiple media sources are reporting that the New York Giants have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent defensive tackle Damon Harrison (New York Jets). The contract is reportedly 5-year, $46.25 million deal that  includes $24 million in guaranteed money and $30 million in the first three years of the contact.

The 27-year old Harrison was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Jets after the 2012 NFL Draft. In the last three years, Harrison has started every regular-season game for the Jets. In 2015, he accrued 72 tackles and 0.5 sacks. The 6’4”, 350-pound Harrison is one of the NFL’s best run-stuffing nose tackles. He does not get much heat on the passer.

MARCH 9, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS FREE AGENT NEWS AND RUMORS (PART II)…
March 9th marks the official beginning of free agency as teams can begin to sign free agents of other teams at 4:00 PM. Here is the latest:

  • The NFL Network is reporting that the New York Giants and Jacksonville Jaguars are the two most serious contenders for the services of unrestricted free agent defensive end Olivier Vernon (Miami Dolphins). The 25-year old Vernon was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Dolphins. In the last three seasons, he has played in every regular-season game with 46 starts, averaging 55 tackles and 8.5 sacks per year.
  • The New York Daily News and BleacherReport.com are reporting that the New York Giants have expressed interest in unrestricted free agent wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (Cincinnati Bengals). However, Sanu is first meeting with the Falcons on Wednesday night. The 26-year old Sanu was selected in the 3rd round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Bengals. In four seasons, Sanu has played in 57 regular-season games with 34 starts (27 of those coming in 2013-2014). Last season, he started four games and finished the year with 33 catches for 394 yards and no touchdowns.
  • ESPN is reporting that the New York Giants have expressed interest in unrestricted free agent right tackle Bobby Massie (Arizona Cardinals). The 26-year old Massie was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Cardinals. The athletic, 6’6”, 316-pound Massie started all 30 regular-season games he played in the last two years. Massie was suspended for the first two games of the 2015 season for violating the NFL’s Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse (alcohol – DUI).
  • The Giants had reportedly expressed interest in unrestricted free agents safety Rodney McCloud (Los Angeles Rams), safety George Iloka (Cincinnati Bengals), defensive end Williams Hayes (Los Angeles Rams), and offensive guard Mike Harris (Minnesota Vikings). But all either re-signed with their respective teams or another team.

JASON PIERRE-PAUL CONTRACT DETAILS…
USA Today is reporting that the 1-year, $10.5 million contract that defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul signed with the New York Giants includes:

  • Total possible value: $10.5 million
  • Guaranteed money: $8.5 million
  • Base salary: $4.25 million (fully guaranteed)
  • Signing bonus: $4.25 million (fully guaranteed)
  • Per-game roster bonuses: $1.2 million
  • Workout bonus: $300,000
  • Incentives: Up to $500,000 (based on sacks)

JANORIS JENKINS CONTRACT DETAILS…
National Football Post is reporting that the contract cornerback Janoris Jenkins signed with the New York Giants is a 5-year, $62.5 million deal that includes $28.8 million and a $10 million signing bonus.

LARRY DONNELL MEDICALLY CLEARED…
According to his agent, New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell has received full medical clearance to resume football activities. However, The New York Post reports that the Giants have not seen the results of those medical tests yet.

Donnell was placed on Injured Reserve in December 2015 with a neck injury. After a breakout season in 2014, Donnell had a disappointing 2015 campaign as his production dropped from 63 catches for 623 yards and six touchdowns to 29 catches for 223 yards and two touchdowns. He started all eight games in which he played in 2015.

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