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Big-spending New York Giants land DE Olivier Vernon, CB Janoris Jenkins

By The Sports Xchange   |   March 9, 2016 at 6:52 PM
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Defensive end Olivier Vernon began the day as a transition player with the Miami Dolphins, which carried a 2016 salary of $12.4 million.

Before the dinner bell rang in New York on Wednesday, Vernon was one of the highest-paid defensive players in the league, agreeing to a five-year, $85 million contract that capped a huge spending spree by Giants general manager Jerry Reese.

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Vernon, 25, earned $1.542 million last season and has 29 sacks through his first four NFL seasons. He had a team-best 7.5 sacks among his 61 tackles last season despite seeing increased attention from opposing teams following Cam Wake's season-ending Achilles injury.

The Dolphins rescinded the transition tag, which preserved refusal rights to match any offer, after officially signing former Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams.

Earlier Wednesday, the Giants agreed to deal with nose tackle Damon Harrison and cornerback Janoris Jenkins.

Harrison will continue to play his home games at MetLife Stadium, but he'll be wearing a different jersey next season as the nose tackle jumps from the Jets to the Giants.

One of the premier interior run defenders in the NFL, the 6-foot-4, 350-pound Harrison spent his first four NFL seasons with the Jets. He will average $9.25 million per year and receive $24 million guaranteed and $30 million over the first three seasons with the Giants, according to NFL Media.

Harrison entered the NFL as an undrafted rookie free agent out of William Penn.

Earlier Wednesday, the Giants reportedly agreed to a deal with St. Louis Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins as the team aggressively upgrades the personnel on a defense that finished last in total yards allowed and pass defense last season.

The Giants announced a one-year, $10.5 million contract with defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul on Tuesday.

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