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The New York Giants are restocking their closet after the first official day of the NFL free agency 2019, on Wednesday, saw several players leave the team.
Thursday, the NFL network Ian Rapoport Markus Golden, former Arizona Cardinals defenseman, will sign a one-year contract with the Giants. The news followed soon after the giants landed Golden Tate wide receiver in free agency.
Rapoport added that Golden will regain his former Cardinals defender coordinator, James Bettcher, to New York, where he will be "determined to prove that he is one of the best attackers", now that he is in full swing health.
Golden has spent the four seasons of his NFL career with the Cardinals since the franchise recruited him in the second round of the NFL Draft in 2015. The Missouri product played under Bettcher, who plays the same role as the Giants, Arizona until last season.
Golden's best season with Bettcher was recorded in 2016, with a total of 12.5 sacks and four forced fumbles in 16 games. This season was followed by his worst, when he torn his ACL October 1st, which cost him the rest of the 2017 season.
Last season, Golden was still struggling with an injury, missing the first three games of the season during his recovery and the last two games of 2018 due to an ankle injury.
Before his free agency, said Golden Kyle Odegard on the official website of the team, he "would like" to stay with the Cardinals:
"The Cardinals brought me here, they did not need me, they did not have to do everything they did for me and my family to change." my life and being able to play in the NFL.I would like to stay here and be an Arizona cardinal for the rest of my career because it is the team that believes in me and gave me the opportunity to play in the NFL.
"It's all I've ever wanted in my life."
While Arizona has decided to part, Golden will probably be happy to see the familiar face of Bettcher in New York.
Golden will join Antoine Bethea as the old cardinals picked up by the giants in free agency. Bethea will attempt to fill the void left by Landon Collins, who left New York for a contract of $ 84 million over six years with the Washington Redskins.
In 2018, the giants have finished N ° 24 in the league in total defense but before last in bags. Linebacker Olivier Vernon led the team with seven sacks but was traded by the giants at the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday.
The Giants hope the 2016 Golden will be able to put pressure on the quarterbacks alongside defensive tackle B.J. Hill, who broke the team record for rookie bags with 5.5 last season.