The Giants added another former member of the Cardinals defense and one that they hope will kick-start their sagging pass rush.
Edge rusher Markus Golden signed a 1-year deal with New York where he’ll be reunited with James Bettcher, his defensive coordinator in Arizona, a source confirmed. The NFL Network had the report first.
The 6-foot-3, 260-pound Golden, who in 2017 suffered a torn ACL, is entering his fifth season after spending the first four with Arizona, three of which were under Bettcher.
Golden has appeared in 46 NFL games after spending his college career at Missouri. He has 123 total tackles, 19.0 career sacks, 3 passes defensed and 6 forced fumbles.
In 2016, his long full season played to date, Golden recorded 12.5 sacks for Bettcher. Since suffering his injury, he’s only recorded 2.5 sacks, both of those coming last year.
The one-year deal appears to be a low-risk, high reward proposition for the cap-strapped Giants, who are also expected to add a pass rusher to a defense that last year tied for 30th in the NFL (with the Patriots) with 30 sacks.