There's at least one key defensive player who reportedly won't be joining CB Eli Apple and DT Damon Harrison as trade pieces in the Giants' fire sale.
A source with knowledge of the team's plans told NJ.com that Big Blue won't be dealing DE Olivier Vernon before the upcoming Oct. 30 trade deadline.
The 28-year-old Vernon, who signed a massive five-year, $85 million deal in 2016, has not requested a trade despite the franchise's switch to sell-now mode, the report said.
A day after dealing Apple to the Saints for a fourth-round draft pick in 2019 and seventh-round pick in 2020, the Giants on Wednesday traded Harrison to the Lions for a 2019 fifth-round selection.
As the report notes, shipping out Vernon this season would put the Giants over the 2018 salary cap, since his $4 million dead cap figure for 2019 would instead hit this season. That would require the team to make another move to free up space.
Vernon missed the first five games of the year due to a high-ankle sprain he suffered in August. He has four tackles and one sack in two games against the Eagles and Falcons.
In 30 games with the Giants, Vernon has registered 16 sacks and 105 tackles with one interception.