Giants Place UFA Tender On Markus Golden

The Giants are using a rarely-used tender in an attempt to retain pass rusher Markus Golden. ESPN’s Field Yates reports (via Twitter) that New York has slapped the linebacker/defensive end with a UFA tender.

Thanks to this transaction, Golden will only be eligible to play for the Giants if he remains unsigned past July 22nd (or the first day of training camp, whichever is later). Of course, this means that the 29-year-old still has almost three months to negotiate a contract with a new team, and he will still count towards the 2021 compensatory pick formula.

The former second-rounder showed flashes during his four seasons in Arizona, including a 12.5-sack campaign back in 2016. He caught on with the Giants last offseason, inking a one-year, $3.75MM deal. He proceeded to have one of the best seasons of his career, as he compiled 72 tackles and 10 sacks in a career-high 16 starts.

We heard earlier this month that Golden was unlikely to return to the Giants, with sources indicating the pass rusher was seeking “too much money.”

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11 comments on “Giants Place UFA Tender On Markus Golden

  1. TJECK109

    10 sacks last year and still unsigned? Must be wanting top 10 money with huge guarantees

    • Watch the game film. For almost all of those sacks, he was completely unblocked or the QB held onto the ball way too long. There’s only three, maybe four where he had to actually shed a block and put on quick pressure.

      So you’re probably right. He wants to get paid like a sack machine when he wasn’t really that.

      He also has an injury history that really isn’t mentioned here (torn ACL, ankle, knee).

      • goldenmisfit

        Unblocked or held onto the ball too long? You just described 90-95% of the time a quarterback is sacked LOL

  2. ctyank7

    Clearly, other teams saw what Gettleman and Mara did — thus, the hoped for 8-figure offer never materialized.

    • You blew right past this paragraph, apparently:

      “Thanks to this transaction, Golden will only be eligible to play for the Giants if he remains unsigned past July 22nd (or the first day of training camp, whichever is later). Of course, this means that the 29-year-old still has almost three months to negotiate a contract with a new team, and he will still count towards the 2021 compensatory pick formula.”

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