Giants sign pass rusher Markus Golden
The New York Giants made the biggest splash of the NFL offseason when they traded Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns. But they didn’t slow down after that, as they’ve been making a flurry of moves. They just signed receiver Golden Tate, and now they’re making a big signing for their defense.
New York is signing pass-rusher Markus Golden, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Golden will be reuniting with his former defensive coordinator, James Bettcher, in the Big Apple. Bettcher coached in Arizona under Bruce Arians and now fills the same role under Pat Shurmur in New York.
Golden burst onto the scene in 2016 and looked like a star in the making. But his career got derailed by injuries since then, and so he wasn’t as sought after as he previously would’ve been. In that 2016 season, he came out of nowhere with 12.5 sacks. The 2015 second-round pick out of Missouri showed a ton of potential that year. But he played in just four games the following season before suffering a torn ACL.
That torn ACL caused him to miss the rest of the 2017 season, and the first five games this past season. When he returned for the final 11 games of the year, he didn’t look like himself, and he notched just 2.5 sacks.
Still, though, the signing makes a lot of sense for the Giants. He’s shown what he’s capable of in the past, and he’s only 28 still. If he can stay healthy and contribute, it could prove to be a sneaky good signing for the Giants. They’re in need of pass-rushing help after also shipping away Olivier Vernon to the Browns.