Olivier Vernon's $ 17 million salary cap this season is higher than any other Giants except Eli Manning.
The Giants have not received much out of their $ 85 million edge breaker for these dollars. Another team disappointment in 2018 was the potential for the organization to move on from Vernon after the end of the season.
With just one sack this season against Chicago on Sunday, Vernon insists his contract status and future will be the last things in his head.
"No, at the moment it's the Bears, man and whatever happens," Vernon said after training on Friday. "I can only focus on what I have to do."
Even after missing the first five games of the season with a high ankle sprain, Vernon has not had much of a change from the defensive end to the full-back in the revised 3-4 team of the under-1
In addition to his only sack (Week 6 against the Eagles) in six inserts, Vernon has registered only 10 Combined tackles without forced fumbling or interception.
As Shurmur admitted earlier in the week, he does not state "that teams are not spending any extra resources to block [Vernon]," meaning that he does not regularly see double teams from the opposing offense in recent games ,
"He's like every player on our team, just keep fighting, keep playing to make a difference," Shurmur said Friday. "He can be a destructive force, we all know that. I mentioned that he had somehow started late this year. He missed [five] games due to injury.
"He was out there playing and fighting and making games, he just has to keep playing. I think that's the focus for all players. He is a valued member of our team and will continue to play. "
But will these be the last five games he plays for the Giants? The 28-year-old Vernon is owed $ 30 million over the next two seasons, and if he could have saved it, he would save more than $ 11.5 million next year.
After changing position, he seemed prepared for a big year with an impressive preseason before the ankle injury cost the first third of the year.
"When you're out there, you never really want to miss your time, you work hard before you start every season," Vernon said. "It was just a small hit on the road, and all I can do now is just the normal schedule and being out there for my team and making the games that come to me."
Asked if he is perfectly well or Vernon added, "I feel fine. When I'm out there, I'm out there, that's basically it. The main thing was just being out at the beginning of the season, it was just getting my legs back, getting back into shape, but I'm fine. "
In summary, the giants' defense front did not succeed consistently Against the opposing quarterbacks in the entire 3-8 start of the team, which occupies the penultimate place in the NFL with 12 sacks.
On the other hand, Jason Pierre-Paul, former Giants defender, has Tampa Bay (10.5), while two other Giants-Castoffs – linebacker Devon Kennard (6.0) and defensive final Romeo Okwara (5.5) – teamed up with Detroit for 11.5 bags this season.
"The boys are working together as long as they're trying to get there," Vernon said about the onslaught of the Giants. "We're putting pressure on the quarterback, so I do not feel that's really the problem. We just are not, we will not come down with the sacks. As long as we get only pressure and pressure, the bags will come. "