The Giants now have exclusive negotiating rights to bring back their best pass rusher from 2019, though he doesn’t exactly sound to be in a hurry to return to East Rutherford.
Back in May, the Giants tagged edge rusher Markus Golden with the rarely-used Unrestricted Free Agent tender. What that tag, valued at around $4.1 million for Golden, meant: If he hadn’t signed with another team by July 22, his exclusive negotiating rights would revert back to the Giants.
So, Golden now can only sign with the Giants (at that $4.1 million tender) until after Week 10 of the regular season. After that point, Golden would revert back to free agency if he still hasn’t signed the UFA tender.
Golden has to sign that tender first and, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, he does not intend to do that just yet.
It is believed, at least according to Over the Cap, that Golden’s $4.1 million tender will count against the Giants’ salary cap. Before accounting for that $4.1 million, the Giants had $16.6 million in cap sapce.
New Giants coach Joe Judge has stated publicly his desire to bring Golden back into the fold, telling NJ Advance Media in June that “I have a lot of respect for Markus as a player and as a person. I think he’s a tremendous guy. I think he’s a hard worker, a tough guy, he’s a productive guy on the field. So we’ve expressed it internally and we’ve talked with him as well about possibly having a fit.”
The Patriots — where Judge worked for most of the last decade — used the UFA tag on running back LeGarrette Blount, though he eventually signed with the Eagles and didn’t wind up returning to New England.
The Giants signed former Packers edge rusher Kyler Fackrell as a free agent this offseason, but otherwise haven’t made any other meaningful additions to their pass-rushing corps. The expectation is for young pass rushers like Oshane Ximines and Lorenzo Carter, both recent draft picks, to step up.
Clearly, though, the Giants would like to bring Golden back into the fold too.