Giants send Marcus Golden to the Cardinals


It never felt like this new veteran coaching staff got Marcus Golden in the roster. As it turned out, it was not a good fit, which is why Golden, a passing outside linebacker, was traded to the Cardinals on Friday for a sixth-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Whether this is the start of a fire-sale by the Giants, with the NFL trading deadline, can be seen on November 3. Most likely, it is not.

The 29-year-old Golden led the Pat Shurmur coaching staff last season with 10 sacks, and was a favorite of former defensive coordinator James Bettcher. However, Golden found the free-agent market almost non-existent for him. He eventually returned to the Giants, which applied a rarely used unrestricted free-agent tender on Golden, earning him $ 4.1 million for the season.

What is low risk, never seen high return investment for veterans. Golden found time to play in defense of new coordinator Patrick Graham, as Golden’s lack of coverage kept him off the field. Oshen’s use of Golden did not increase despite Lorenzo Carter suffering a season-ending Akilis tendon injury and landing on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. He played only 33 percent (27 of 81) games in a 22–21 loss to the Eagles on Thursday night. Golden had one sack and two quarterback hits on Carson Wentz. He had 1.5 sacks this season.

Golden began his career with the Cardinals and the move makes sense, as he injured Chandler Jones for the remainder of the season and needed help to strengthen his pass race.

The Giants have recently signed veteran Jabal Sheard, a defensive end who can also play outside linebacker.

This is not the last the Giants will see of Golden – they play the Cardinals on 13 December at Meilife Stadium.

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