The Giants have made several moves, adding to their defense -- filling a few holes before the NFL Draft rolls around. But they could still use a pass rusher and a very familiar one is still out on the market.
Markus Golden, the man who had a bounce-back year in a Giants uniform last season, has yet to sign a new deal. According to ESPN's Jordan Raanan, the interest is still there for the Giants to sign him. The price tag is the biggest question.
Spotrac has Golden's market value set at $13.5 million after totaling 10.0 sacks with 72 combined tackles -- 13 for loss -- and a career-high 27 quarterback hits, which was ranked sixth in the league last season. He also scooped up a 42-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown against the Patriots on Thursday Night Football.
The Giants, though, can't afford that with most of their cap room spent on players like James Bradberry, Blake Martinez, David Mayo and others. Franchise-tagging Leonard Williams also took a large $16.1 million chunk out of their total. So they currently sit at $19.3 million, according to Over The Cap, and that won't be enough to meet Golden's market value and pay draft picks.
Of course, GM Dave Gettleman could make some cap space if he really wanted to. That's why SNY's Ralph Vacchiano suggested that if real interest was there to bring Golden back, it would've been done already.
Raanan adds that Golden will "remain patient," though, so we shall see what kind of market Golden will have if he continues to remain on the market. He's a player that proved he could still be effective after injury plagued his 2017 and 2018 seasons.
The Giants could use his tenacity and high motor back on the line again, but only if it fits into their financial parameters.