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Markus Golden to sign restricted free agent tender with Giants upon completing testing, entry protocol

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The Giants’ 2019 sack leader will be returning this season, NJ Advance Media has confirmed, as Markus Golden is expected to sign his restricted free agent tender and report to training camp.

Golden, who produced 10 sacks in his first season with the Giants, cannot officially sign his tender until he completes the NFL’s COVID-19 testing, entry protocol, and a physical, according to multiple individuals with knowledge of the situation who were granted anonymity as they are not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

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The entry and protocol process is five days and consists of a COVID-19 test on Day 1, virtual meetings on Day 2, a Covid-19 test on Day 3, and then a physical on Day 4. Given the timeline, it is expected that Golden could sign his tender as early as this upcoming Wednesday or Thursday at the latest.

Back in May, the Giants tagged Golden with the rarely-used Unrestricted Free Agent tender. What that tag, valued at around $4.1 million for Golden, meant: If he hadn’t signed with another team by July 22, his exclusive negotiating rights would revert back to the Giants. His rights have since reverted to the Giants, and an individual with knowledge of Golden’s plans, he will sign the tender.

“I have a lot of respect for him as a person, he’s a hard worker, and a good player,” Giants head coach Joe Judge said in May. “He’s a productive player. He’s definitely someone we spoke to, in terms of adding him to the roster.”

Bringing back Golden, after adding boom-or-bust Kyler Fackrell in free agency, would bring added stability and upside to a pass rush that will rely heavily on Lorenzo Carter and Oshane Ximines to show significant improvement in their third and second years, respectively. Carter has 8.5 sacks in two seasons, while Ximines produced 4.5 as a rookie in 2019.

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