Report: Markus Golden plans to test free agent market

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Giants linebacker Markus Golden expects to test the free agent market for a second consecutive offseason, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports.

Anderson adds Golden has “interest” in returning to the Giants.

The reality, though, is once a player starts talking to other teams, chances are, he isn’t returning.

Golden ranks 92nd on PFT’s list of top-100 free agents.

Golden, who turns 29 later this month, signed a one-year, $3.75 million deal with the Giants a year ago. He made 10 sacks, the second-best mark of his career, in starting all 16 games for the first time in his career.

A second-round choice of the Cardinals in 2015, Golden has 191 tackles, 29 sacks and six forced fumbles in his five seasons.

3 responses to “Report: Markus Golden plans to test free agent market

  1. A good 3rd down rush specialist, but will probably get a contract far above his actual worth. That’s free agency in a nutshell.

  2. He had a nice year for us in 2019 but for the money he’s probably now going to demand, Id rather the Giants spend a little more and go after a more complete player.

  3. I loved his effort. A lot of his production came from his relentless play style, which is why Bettcher liked him so much. However, he doesn’t do anything special that would cause offenses to worry about him.

    We gave Vernon a huge contract, and he was an impact player that offenses had to plan around. Unfortunately, with that kind of contract, you still need to produce despite all the extra attention and Vernon could neither produce nor stay healthy. Same with JPP.

    Golden had good numbers with no extra attention paid to him. He didn’t eat up multiple blockers, allowing others to make plays, and I don’t recall one time the whole season where the announcers mentioned him as being someone that was standing out during a game.

    Smart franchises don’t pay $10 million (or more) a year for this.

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