New York Giants news, 12/28 – One player the Giants must re-sign for the future

New York Jets, Markus Golden

Good Morning, New York Giants Fans!

When the New York Giants initially signed linebacker Markus Golden to a one-year, “prove it” deal, they didn’t imagine he would be quite as productive as he was this season. Logging 10.0 sacks after a stat correction, triggering a $1 million incentive, Golden is now the first double-digit sack producer in years for the Giants.

Retaining him should be a priority, as his intensity on the field and positive presence in the locker room are both essential factors that have contributed to the minimal silver linings the Giants have enjoyed this season.

Rounding out Golden’s complete stat-line, his 10.0 sacks only cracks the surface on his overall production. Factor in the 65 combined tackles, 13 tackles for a loss, and 27 QB hits, and you have a justifiable case to keep Golden around for a few more years.

What would a reasonable contract look like?

If the Giants are interested in extending an offer to the former Cardinal, a three-year, $33 million deal seems reasonable, considering his one season of production. The last time he has contributed more than 2.5 sacks in a season was back in the year of 2016.

However, this all depends on the coaching staff and if James Bettcher will be kept for another season. If the New York Giants transition back to a 4-3 scheme, Golden’s services cannot be depended on. Before finalizing any extensions or considering any free agent signings, the Giants need to solve their coaching issues, starting with head coach Pat Shurmur.


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