No Offers For Giants’ Markus Golden?

Thanks to the rarely used unrestricted free agent tender, Giants edge rusher Markus Golden has a one-year, $4.125MM offer on the table. Or, he can sign with a new club between now and the upcoming deadline. So far, it doesn’t sound like the former second-round pick has received any outside offers, according to Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.

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Golden has until July 22nd or the start of training camp (whichever date comes later) to ink the Giants’ one-year placeholder. At last check, the NFL is aiming to start camp on July 28th, which gives him an extra week to scare up a deal.

The former second-rounder showed flashes during his four seasons in Arizona, including a 12.5-sack season in 2016. Then, he was hampered by injuries. After he landed a one-year, $3.75MM deal with the Giants last year, he turned in a fully healthy season with 72 tackles and 10 sacks. Those numbers would usually spell lucrative offers, but teams probably see Golden’s sack numbers as a fluke, The 29-year-old generated just 26 pressures last year, an indicator that he might not repeat with double-digit sack totals in 2020.

It’s possible that Golden’s market has also stalled by the continued availability of edge rushers Jadeveon Clowney and Everson Griffen. If those veterans come off the board, other teams in need could turn to Golden, who would represent a less splashy – but less costly – alternative.

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3 comments on “No Offers For Giants’ Markus Golden?

  1. manos

    I think teams are interested they just don’t want to pay him. That’s usually the case with a lot of lesser players. Teams are always looking for a bargain.

  2. Tazbk

    Giant fan. He was the best pass rusher on a bad line. Not dominant at all. Would need someone dominant on the other side or inside to make him more useful. A lot of those sacks were cover sacks too.

    • Giants fan here, and I agree. You can watch all of his sacks here on YouTube. There’s maybe 4 that are legit pressures and the rest are coverage sacks or the QB basically running right into Golden’s arms.

      link to youtu.be

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