While the pass rusher didn't draw the same notice as Beckham, he's expected to make an impact in a salient season for the franchise as it looks to carry on the positive momentum from a promising 2018 campaign and a much-ballyhooed offseason.
"When they did say [Beckham] was coming over here, I thought, 'OK. All right. I see they got a plan,'" Vernon said via the Akron Beacon-Journal.
Vernon made his first Pro Bowl last season, as he tallied seven sacks in 11 games with 21 quarterback hits. Over two seasons in New York, Vernon missed nine games, but was still productive on the edge.
"I spoke to [Cleveland general manager John Dorsey] a few times, and I just like what I heard from him as far as his vision and what he's trying to do," Vernon said. "It's been a lot of rough years for the Browns, so it can only last so long. The plan is set up. We've just got to execute it.
"I know what I bring to the table. You know? They say you're going to get what you pay for. So you're going to get what you traded for, and I'm glad to be here. I'm glad to be embraced by this organization. They want me here, and I'm just ready to get it rolling."
With Vernon's departure, he leaves a Giants franchise that has had most of its roster moves questioned and criticized as 2019 would seem to be a season of rebuilding. He has become a part of a Browns team brimming with promise and hype. While expectations are at a high with a roster of well-known talent, the 28-year-old who has suddenly become a leader on a new team stresses execution above all else.
"I mean, shoot, whatever we put into it is what we're going to get out of it," Vernon said. "So we've got great talent, but talent isn't everything, man. We've just got to handle our business and do what we've got to do.
"Everybody just plays off each other, man. You're as good as your teammates, you know. If the teammates are getting the job done and you're doing your job at the same time, everybody's going to prosper."