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Cardinals trade for Giants LB Markus Golden

Markus Golden, Cardinals, Giants

Markus Golden began his career with the Arizona Cardinals and he’s headed back to where it all started on Friday. According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Cardinals are acquiring Golden from the New York Giants via trade.

To complete the trade, Arizona will be sending a sixth-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft to the Giants. At the same time, they land a player who’s familiar with playing for the Cardinals.

Back in 2015, Golden was a second-round selection by Arizona out of Missouri. In his second season with the Cardinals, Golden posted a career-high 12.5 sacks, 22 quarterback hits, and four forced fumbles.

However, outside of his career year in 2016, Golden was relatively quiet during his first stint with the Cardinals. Therefore, in 2019, Golden signed with the Giants and proceeded to be well worth the money in his debut campaign in New York.

A season ago, Golden led the Giants with 10 sacks and 27 quarterback hits, paying off his $5.1 million salary. The Missouri product would decide to test free agency in the offseason, only for New York to place the unrestricted free agent tender on him, keeping him with the team another season if he didn’t sign elsewhere.

And under a new coaching staff, Golden has seen a limited role in 2020, seeing just 33 percent of New York’s defensive snaps in the past two weeks. On the other hand, the Cardinals could use Golden’s pass-rushing ability following the loss of Chandler Jones for the rest of the season.

After both sides reached an agreement on Friday, it’s worth noting that the Cardinals face the Giants in Week 14.

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