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Giants news, 2/23: Markus Golden, Dalvin Tomlinson decision, more headlines

New York Giants news for Tuesday

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Good morning, New York Giants fans!

Former Giant Markus Golden, traded to the Arizona Cardinals midseason, ended the 2020 season as one of the league’s more impactful edge rushers. Monday, he took a swipe at the Giants for not letting him to that for them.

Among qualifying edge rushers Golden finished 13th in the league in total pressures despite limited playing time with the Giants, and his pass rush pressure rate of 8.9 was tied for fifth.

Golden played 57 snaps for the Giants in Week 5. In six other games with New York, he never played more than 27 snaps. For Arizona, he never played fewer than 34 snaps in a game.

Golden’s lack of playing time with the Giants last season remains a mystery that was never really explained.

Giants’ Dalvin Tomlinson decision will speak volumes

While everyone tries to figure out where the Giants could find the money to pay Dalvin Tomlinson this offseason, Paul Schwartz of the New York Post asks a good question: “Can the Giants afford not to bring Tomlinson back.”

Point being — and it’s a good one — that you eventually have draft, develop and keep good players for a second contract. Tomlinson is also a good player and respected leader. If the Giants have to make a choice, it’s Leonard Williams first and Tomlinson if they can figure it out.

It would, though, be a good thing if they could figure it out.

NFL free agency 2021: Best cornerbacks available

Anyone on this list you are interested in, Giants fans? The first name is a definite “no” for the Giants.

2021 NFL Free Agency: PFF Improvement Index for all 32 teams | NFL News, Rankings and Statistics | PFF

Using PFF’s formula, the Giants are — right now — the fourth-most improved team thus far this offseason. Which is weird, since they haven’t done anything yet.

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