Following Thursday’s deflating 22-21 loss to the Eagles, the Giants made a roster move on Friday, trading outside linebacker Markus Golden to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for a 2021 sixth-round pick.
The 29-year-old returns to the team he began his career with, as he played four seasons with the Cardinals before joining the Giants as a free agent prior to the 2019 season.
Golden proved to be a nice find for the Giants in his first season, as he racked up 10.0 sacks and was easily the team's best pass-rushing option.
The Giants seemed reluctant to bring Golden back this season, though, but ended up using a rare unrestricted free agent tender to bring him back for just over $4 million. Once Golden went unsigned past July 22, re-signing with Big Blue became his only option, and he signed his one-year tender in early August.
His production took a dip this season, as he totaled just 1.5 sacks, and his playing time also dropped, as he was involved in just 33 percent of the Giants’ defensive snaps in each of the last two games.
Golden is the first player traded by GM Dave Gettleman and the Giants this season, though the team, holding a record of 1-5-1, could look to move more players ahead of the Nov. 3 deadline.