Ex-NY Giants edge rusher Markus Golden took a shot at his former team for his lack of playing time
Markus Golden took a not-so-subtle jab at they NY Giants Tuesday, months after he was traded to the Arizona Cardinals after seemingly falling out of favor with defensive coordinator Patrick Graham and the coaching staff.
Golden, who was dealt to the Cardinals in exchange for a sixth-round pick less than one year removed from him leading the NY Giants with 10 sacks in 2019, took to social media to point out what a mistake it was for his playing time to be cut in 2020.
“Now just imagine if NY would just let me play earlier in the season SMH!” Golden tweeted on Tuesday evening:
While 41 of Golden’s pressures came in a Cardinals’ uniform, his point was obvious, the 29-year-old believes that he could have been as — or perhaps even more productive in a Giants uniform had he played in New York for the full season as he was in Arizona.
Golden did get a chance to exact some revenge on his former team, though, picking up an early strip-sack and fumble recovery of NY Giants quarterback Daniel Jones in their lone meeting this season.
It will be interesting to see how Golden’s role with the Cardinals evolves in 2021, as he proved he can still be a productive player, and the organization might be forced to use the franchise tag on Haason Reddick or risk losing the ascending pass-rusher in free agency.
Matt Lombardo is the site expert for GMenHQ, and writes Between The Hash Marks each Wednesday for FanSided. Follow Matt on Twitter: @MattLombardoNFL.