The New York Giants have traded outside linebacker Markus Golden to the Arizona Cardinals for a 6th-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
The Giants signed Golden an an unrestricted free agent from the Cardinals in March 2019 and re-signed him August 2020. Golden had a strong debut season with the Giants in 2019, starting all 16 games, playing 83 percent of all defensive snaps, accruing a career-high 72 tackles, and team-high 10 sacks.
This year, Golden has played in all seven games, starting one contest. He was credited with 10 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and one pass defense.
The 6’3”, 260-pound Golden was originally drafted in the 2nd round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Cardinals. Golden’s break-out season was in 2016 at linebacker when he accrued 51 tackles and 12.5 sacks. He missed 12 games in 2017 with an ACL injury. While he returned in 2018, he missed five games and saw his production slip to 30 tackles and 2.5 sacks.