The teams will also swap Day 3 draft picks as NY will receive Cleveland's fifth-round pick (155 overall) in exchange for New York's fourth-round selection (132 overall), per Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo. He played linebacker in the Giants' 3-4 defensive scheme last season, but has played at defensive end in a 4-3 package.
While trading Vernon creates a void on a pass rush that only managed 30 sacks last season, the second-fewest in the National Football League, acquiring Zeitler is a significant win for general manager Dave Gettleman and the Giants. There is depth at that position in this year's class, and Cleveland could land one with the No. 17 overall pick. He missed nine contests over the past two seasons with ankle issues, but he led the Giants last season by posting seven of the team's 30 sacks.
Zeitler just completed his second season with the Browns, who signed him to a five-year, $60 million deal as a free agent in 2017 after five seasons with Cincinnati. The contract has $31 million remaining and Vernon's base salary will be $15.25 million in 2019, and he also will earn a $250,000 workout bonus. Zeitler joins an underperforming line in NY that he should upgrade significantly. But his addition allows the Giants to focus their first-round spot, sixth overall, on other needs, perhaps even on a quarterback. That figures to mitigate the loss of Jamie Collins, who was dumped by the Browns earlier this week.