Giants Interested In Markus Golden

The Giants have thus far opted against adding a high-profile edge rusher. For several weeks, they have not been viewed as likely to re-sign Markus Golden. Joe Judge said the team’s top 2019 pass rusher remains on the radar.

The first-year Giants HC said the team is interested in Golden, per Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post, and engaged in discussions with him after the team placed the seldom-used UFA tender on him (Twitter link).

New York’s UFA tender will only tether Golden to the team if no one else signs him by July 22. Golden finished last season with a Giants-most 10 sacks, reviving his stock after an ACL tear tanked it during his Cardinals tenure. In 15 games from 2017-18, Golden recorded just 2.5 sacks. The former second-round pick, however, has two double-digit sack seasons now.

As of now, the Giants’ top edge rushers are former Packers backup Kyler Fackrell and recent third-round picks Lorenzo Carter and Oshane Ximines. The Giants surprised most by avoiding high-profile edge defenders in free agency and not drafting one until Day 3. While Carter and Ximines combined for nine sacks last season, the Giants ranked 22nd in sacks last season (36) even with Golden on the team.

In early April, Golden’s asking price was too high for the Giants’ liking. The 29-year-old defender may or may not have reduced it. The chances Golden returns to New York appear to have increased.

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17 comments on “Giants Interested In Markus Golden

  1. burrow_is_a_bust

    Overrated, coverage sack guy but then again we’re talking about a gm who traded 4 Leonard Williams

    • Tazbk

      Exactly. My stupid team. Smh. We won’t get a real pass rusher until next year draft when we back in the top 10 for 4th straight year.

    • Exactly. If you watch all of his sacks on the year, only 3 or 4 can be attributed to his pass rush skills. The rest were coverage sacks or the QB literally rushing into his arms. Overrated.

      • wagner13

        It looks like the market at least recognizes his fortune. Nobody’s dumping a pile of cash at his front door, so it appears this is the consensus belief among NFL teams

    • parkers

      GM’s drafts have been lot better than the so called arm chair GM’s are willing to admit. 18 draft takes Barkley and everyone says he should have taken Darnold
      19 he takes Jones when everyone says Allen. 20 he takes Thomas when others are mentioning others.

      He now has a highly potential pass-run tandem and a potentially above average O line to protect.

      If you look at the 3 drafts almost every player drafted is still on the roster. How good they become is still a question but I don’t think many teams have as many still on their rosters.

      The fact that he got rid of Mr look at me I’m great places him in the hall of fame for smart GM’s and the fact that he is tough enough to laugh at the smart ass no it all media solidify’s him forever.

      • crosseyedlemon

        Your praising Gettleman for having all players from the 2020 draft still on the roster? That’s pretty funny.

      • king beas

        Yeah gettleman has right so well on draft night they continue to pick top 10 and I think everyone expects yet another top 10 pick following this season

      • wagner13

        He’s a mixed bag in my opinion. Props to him for identifying Jones as his QB, but he could’ve taken Allen AND selected the Duke product 16th. It’s difficult to pass on such a tantilizing prospect such as Barkley, but he also completely botched the Leonard Williams trade. The offensive line is markedly better though. We’ll just have to see how the Giants look on the field over the course of the next two seasons

  2. mlbnyyfan

    Everyone knows Giants desperately need a pass rush. Once again I’ll say it. Should of lost to Washington and Miami last year. They could of had Chase Young

  3. parkers

    I said 3 drafts
    You sound like you should become a part of the Houston Astro strategy department
    His next pick was 17th. He said he had info that two teams ( Denver and wash ) would have taken him before 17
    King Beas
    Of course he was handed a fantastic squad with an over the hill QB
    He had to clean out all the me first look at me types
    Finally has a young defensive backfield, a coach who places a high priority on development, same at linebacker pos., interior line looks solid with depth as well ( Lwilliams ) QB was especially promising as rook, his fumbles were mostly the result of trying to do to much ( easier to correct to aggressive then Not aggressive enough), draft has a chance to have solved O line problems, receivers never played together once last year. Stay healthy and they can be useful.
    Of course when they surprise you will all tip your hats to Dave naw

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