The New York Giants have made NFL history by signing DE Olivier Vernon from the Miami Dolphins on a five-year contract worth a grand total of $85 million. The deal makes Vernon the highest paid 4-3 defensive end in league history and includes a minimum of $52.5 million in guaranteed salary. Vernon, our #3 DE in this free agent class, was one of the top rated defensive players in 2015, notching 61 total tackles and 7.5 sacks after starting in all 16 regular season games. His combined stats over the last three seasons add up to 25.5 sacks and 119 tackles. Those performances prompted the Dolphins to place their transition tag on Vernon in an effort to keep him in South Florida for at least another year. However, when it became clear that the Miami club would be unable to match any offer tendered for Vernon due to a lack of cap space, they withdrew their claim to him earlier this afternoon. But while the Dolphins stand to lose a talented young defender in this move, the Giants appear to be building a promising defense up at the Meadowlands. The team had the worst-ranked defense in 2015, but with the signings of Vernon, NT Damon Harrison and CB Janoris Jenkins from the Rams, plus the re-signing of DE Jason Pierre-Paul, they’ll hope to climb out of the league’s defensive basement in 2016. Vernon’s departure from the Dolphins should free up some much-needed cap room as they look to seal a deal for the Eagles duo LB Kiko Alonso and CB Byron Maxwell, which will also see the teams trade first-round picks in next month’s draft. The Dolphins also released CB Brent Grimes earlier on Wednesday.