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Giants place 'May 5 tender' on OLB Markus Golden


The New York Giants placed a "May 5 tender" on outside linebacker Markus Golden, who has not signed with a team since becoming an unrestricted free agent last month.

If he does not sign the tender, Golden retains the ability to sign with another club until July 22. After that date, he has until the Tuesday following the 10th weekend of the season to sign with the Giants.

Should he sign the tender, it would be at a rate of 110 percent of his 2019 salary.

Golden, originally a second-round draft choice by Arizona in 2015, had a career-high 12.5 sacks for the Cardinals in 2016 but suffered a season-ending knee injury the following year. In all, Golden has played in 62 games with 40 starts, recording 195 tackles, 29.0 sacks, 71 quarterback hits, 39 tackles for loss, six forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries, one of which he returned 42 yards for a touchdown last season vs. New England.

Golden recorded 10.0 sacks in 2019, his first season with the team, to become the first Giants player with double-digit sacks since Jason Pierre-Paul had 12.5 in 2014 and the first Giants linebacker to accomplish the feat since Lawrence Taylor had 10.5 in 1990.

View photos of outside linebacker Markus Golden.


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