EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J – The Giants are considering bringing back Markus Golden for the 2020 season.
Coach Joe Judge said today “we have an interest” in Golden, who led the Giants in sacks last season and remains a free agent. Two weeks ago, the Giants placed a seldom-used unrestricted free agent tender on Golden. If he does not sign with another team by July 22, he can play only for the Giants this year. If he signs with another team prior to that date, his departure will likely give the Giants a compensatory selection in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Golden's 10.0 sacks were more than twice as many as any of his teammates had; fellow linebackers Lorenzo Carter and Oshane Ximines tied for second with 4.5.
"Without going into what we talked about, yes, I have spoken with Markus," Judge said on a Zoom interview today. "I have a lot of respect for him as a player. He's a great person, he's a hard worker. He's a productive player so we have a lot of respect for him. He's definitely someone that I have spoken to in terms of possibly adding to the roster. We placed the tag on him that's something that's allotted to us through the league rules. We thought that it was a situation when it came up and was available to us, it was something we could use. We have an interest in Markus, we've talked to him. We are going through the procedure right now. We're going to let it play out a little bit and see where everything shakes out."
*The Giants last week were awarded quarterback Cooper Rush off waivers from the Dallas Cowboys, for whom he three passes in five appearances in three seasons with the team. Rush played for coach Jason Garrett, who is now the Giants' offensive coordinator.
"Like everyone else in the league we are looking at the waiver wire every day," Judge said. "We are always trying to acquire good football players for our team. The competition in training camp will sort a lot of things out. When we see a good player out there and we think he is someone that can be an asset to our team and come in here and compete, that's all we're considering. He was someone that came across the waiver wire that we had known about and some had experience with him. We thought it would be a positive move for our team."
The Giants currently have five quarterbacks – starter Daniel Jones, veteran reserves Colt McCoy, Alex Tanney and Rush and rookie free agent Case Cookus. Because they are working remotely, Judge doesn't have to worry about divvying up practice reps. That will change when the Giants finally take the field.
Judge said the team can "definitely" alter the construction of the roster when and if it becomes necessary.
"You can have 90 quarterbacks right now, because you don't have to worry about throwing to anybody," Judge said. "In terms of going to camp right now, we'll address that as we get closer to camp in terms of all the positions. We obviously have a template like everybody else has of the desired numbers at each position. I think the overriding factor is you don't want to turn away a good player just to suit the numbers. You kind of structure practice accordingly to make sure there is as many good players on your roster as there possibly could be."
View photos of outside linebacker Markus Golden.