If there was any player that should have stood out to you in nearly every single Giants game last season, it was Markus Golden. Golden accumulated 10 sacks, 27 quarterback hits, 13 tackles for a loss, and 72 total-tackles in 16 starts. All of this was on a one-year, “prove-it” deal. Golden thrived in James Bettcher’s defense; a defense he was familiar with dating back to his days in Arizona. The edge-rusher proved he deserves a relatively significant contract heading into 2020. But even with the impressive numbers, the Giants are unlikely to sign Markus Golden.
It has now been over two weeks since the NFL Free Agency opened, and the pass rusher remains un-signed. Similar to star edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney, Golden’s reported asking price is a bit too high for NFL general managers. Golden is believed to be seeking around $10M per year. After New York decided to bring in Kyler Fackrell to a one-year $4.6M deal, it became likely that the Giants were planning to move on from Golden. The belief is that New York is seeking to add another pass-rusher at a lower cost than what Golden is anticipating, per Jordan Ranaan ESPN.
What to Expect
The combination of Golden’s current asking price blended with the mere fact that New York has limited remaining cap-room leads me to believe that we will not see Markus Golden back in royal blue next season. Clowney is also not a player that Giants fans should hold out hope for. As he expects to be paid in the $20M range. A more plausible way of thinking is to expect New York to seek out cheaper, un-signed veterans. Keep an eye out for Vinny Curry, Clay Matthews, or Cameron Wake. Also, look for the Giants to address a pass-rusher in the 2020 NFL Draft. Some notable incoming edge rushers to keep an eye on are Terrell Lewis, Yetur Gross-Matos, Julian Okwara, and Jonathan Greenard. You can see my New York Giants Mock Draft 1.0 here.
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