The New York Giants announced Friday that they have traded outside linebacker Markus Golden to the Arizona Cardinals for a sixth-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Golden, 29, spent his first four seasons in Arizona before joining the Giants last season, when he led the team with 10.5 sacks. He re-signed with Big Blue this summer, but has had a disappointing season to date, recording 10 tackles (four solo), 1.5 sacks, four quarterback hits and one pass defensed in seven games.
That full sack and two of those hits came in Thursday night’s loss to Philadelphia, where Golden played just 27 defensive snaps.
Golden’s exit further shakes up a linebacking corps that has lost Lorenzo Carter for the season with a torn Achilles tendon and is without Oshane Ximines, who is on injured reserve with a shoulder injury but is eligible to return for the Giants’ next game against Tampa Bay on Nov. 2.
In returning to Arizona, Golden will help replace Chandler Jones, who was lost for the season with a biceps injury – and alongside whom Golden had his best year, recording 12.5 sacks in 2015.
Golden won’t have to wait long to see his old team, as the Giants will host the Cardinals at MetLife Stadium on Dec. 13. The following week, he will see the team he just played, as Arizona hosts Philadelphia on Dec. 20.
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