Markus Golden
Markus Golden
27-Year-Old Defensive EndDE
Arizona Cardinals
Questionable
Injury Ankle
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Golden burst onto the scene in 2016 with a team-leading 12.5 sacks, which is quite the feat on a defense that rosters premier pass rusher Chandler Jones. The follow-up was less than ideal, though. Golden didn't make a mark in the sack department through the first three games of last season before tearing his ACL in Week 4. In the aftermath of a lost campaign, he enters the final year of his rookie contract but is still contained to a running program as of mandatory minicamp in mid-June. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $3.92 million contract with the Cardinals in May of 2015.
Wants to remain with Cardinals
DEArizona Cardinals
Ankle
January 5, 2019
Golden (ankle) would prefer to stick with the Cardinals as an unrestricted free agent this offseason, Kyle Odegard of the team's official site reports. "I'd love to stay here and be an Arizona Cardinal for the rest of my career, because this is the team that believed in me and gave me a chance to play in the NFL," Golden said Monday.
ANALYSIS
After accounting for 16.5 sacks in his first two seasons, including a breakout 12.5-sack campaign in 2016, Golden has been bit by the injury bug the last two years. In 2017, he tore his ACL in Week 4, missing the rest of the year and the first two games of the most recent season. He returned to action Week 3, but three more DNPs dotted the remaining schedule en route to a disappointing 30 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 11 appearances. With fellow pass rusher Chandler Jones owed a hefty sum through 2021, the Cardinals likely won't consider bringing back Golden on anything other than a prove-it deal, especially with a strong crop of sack artists in the upcoming draft.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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Measurables Review
How do Markus Golden's measurables compare to other defensive ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 3"
 
Weight
260 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.90 sec
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2015
Golden tapped into the potential that spurred the Cardinals to nab him in the second round of the 2015 draft, jumping from four sacks as a rookie to 12.5 sacks last season. The offseason addition of Chandler Jones aided Golden's cause, but he complemented a third-place finish in the sack department with four forced fumbles, which was good for a tie for seventh in the NFL. While the loss of Calais Campbell as a free agent removes a key piece of the pass rush, Golden will again have the newly-minted Jones operating on the other side as the unit attempts a repeat performance in the fall.
The Cardinals struck for Golden in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft with notable 3-4 outside linebackers Randy Gregory and Owamagbe Odighizuwa still on the board, surprising talking heads and viewers alike. Golden has responded by climbing the depth chart throughout the offseason and even logging first-team reps at weak-side linebacker early in training camp. If the trend continues, he could usurp the role intended for Lorenzo Alexander, which isn't a hit to the veteran due to his ability to play all four LB spots as well as his special teams prowess. In his final season at the pass-rush factory that is Missouri, Golden notched 78 tackles (43 solo) and 10 sacks in 13 games.
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Will miss season finale
DEArizona Cardinals
Ankle
December 30, 2018
Golden (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Seahawks, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
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Questionable for Week 17
DEArizona Cardinals
Ankle
December 28, 2018
Golden (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Seahawks, Gregg Bell of TheNewsTribune.com reports.
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Inactive for Sunday
DEArizona Cardinals
Ankle
December 23, 2018
Golden (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Rams, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.
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Listed as questionable
DEArizona Cardinals
Ankle
December 21, 2018
Golden (ankle) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
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Records sack in loss
DEArizona Cardinals
December 17, 2018
Golden posted two tackles (both solo), including a sack, in Sunday's loss to the Falcons.
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