Cardinals release Markus Golden

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The Cardinals announced they have released linebacker Markus Golden.

Golden was scheduled to make $2.91 million in base salary and count $4.160 million against the salary cap. His release saves $3.080 million against the cap with $1.080 million dead cap hit.

He appeared in 42 games with 27 starts the past three seasons in his second stint with Arizona.

Golden, 31, played all 17 games with 14 starts last season and totaled 48 tackles, 2.5 sacks, seven tackles for loss and 20 quarterback hits.

Golden began his career with the Cardinals as a second-round selection in 2015. He registered 12.5 sacks in his second season, but didn’t get back to double-digit sacks until he signed with the Giants in 2019.

The Cardinals brought him back in 2020, acquiring him from New York for a second-round pick. He led Arizona with 11 sacks in 2021.

2 responses to “Cardinals release Markus Golden

  1. Writing was on the wall after he couldn’t chase down Captain Kirk on a long TD scramble. That was eye-popping.

  2. Arizona is going to have a lot of cap room and picks after a few trades to quickly retool their roster. After releasing Anderson, Golden, restructuring Humphries they have over $37M in cap via SporTrac and trading Hopkins in the coming days will give them another $9M in space giving them well over $45-$46M when in FA opens. At minimum they’ll move Hopkins for a 2nd n 4th which is happening in next couple days before FA opens and they will almost certainly move back in the draft adding another 2nd n 3rd this year n 2024 1st. In all likelihood AZ will have a 1st, three 2nd’s n three 3rd rd picks, two 4ths one being 105, a 5th and two 6ths. That’s 8 draft picks in the top 105 picks, with that many picks n $45M in cap this year AZ should be able to right the ship very quickly with all the talent they already have on the roster being their roster is far from void of talent. With a rebuilt OL in front of KM he is bouncing back in a major way this year.

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