NFL GM: Evan Engram, Markus Golden among 5 Giants who could be trade targets

Markus Golden(Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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EDGE- Markus Golden

Golden has seen his playing time decreased significantly since rejoining the Giants prior to training camp in August. One year removed from a 10-sack season, Golden has yet to produce a sack, has just three tackles, six total pressures, and has only appeared in 60 defensive snaps. Golden is a high-motor player, with a track record of being able to get after the quarterback.

“Markus has been a very productive player in this league,” Giants defensive coordinator Patrick Graham said last week “He’s a smart football player, has some savviness to him and has been productive and has a skillset. I have to find ways to use him more.”

Yet, Golden remains buried in the Giants’ outside linebacker rotation.

“Markus does a great job,” Graham added. “He works really hard at practice and he’s been productive for us for the plays he’s been out there. It’s just all based on gameplan how we use guys.”

The Giants brought Golden Back this season on a one-year deal worth $3.75 million, but he has only appeared in 67 total defensive snaps, including just 12 percent of plays in Sunday’s loss to the Rams.

If a contending team is in need of a pass-rusher, and strong veteran leadership voice, offering the Giants a draft pick might be worthwhile for all parties involved.

Potential fits: Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, Las Vegas Raiders