Number Two: Markus Golden
Markus Golden is a six-foot-three linebacker who played his college football at Missouri.
The 28-year-old pass-rushing linebacker had arguably the best year of his career with the New York Giants in 2019, logging 72 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss, 27 quarterback hits, ten sacks, and one fumble recovery that he took 42 yards for a touchdown against the New England Patriots in Week 6 of the 2019 regular season.
The former second-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals back in 2015 most definitely earned the money he is likely to make this offseason.
However, injuries have limited Golden in his career thus far which could scare some teams away and his emergence pretty much out of nowhere could limit his asking price this offseason. Markus Golden’s addition to Dennis Allen’s defense could be lethal.
The defense would have Cameron Jordan and Marcus Davenport rushing from the sides, Malcolm Brown and Sheldon Rankins clogging up the middle, Lattimore, and Jenkins locking up the secondary, and a linebacking corps that consists of a first-team NFL All-Pro in Demario Davis, Alex Anzalone, and double-digit sack man Markus Golden.
Reports state that Golden wants a four year, 54 million dollar contract, but he may take a pay cut to contend on a team like the Saints.