Cardinals release LB Markus Golden saving $3.08million ahead of NFL free agency

As the NFL offseason heats up, the Arizona Cardinals have made a bold move by releasing veteran outside linebacker Markus Golden. With the highly anticipated free agency period looming, this strategic move by the Cardinals is sure to shake things up in the league and leave many wondering about Golden’s future in the NFL.

Announced on Friday, the Arizona Cardinals have decided to release their starting outside linebacker, Markus Golden. Drafted in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Cardinals, Golden has spent the majority of his nine-year career in Arizona, with a brief stint playing for the Giants from 2020 to 2021.

Golden’s release frees up $3.08 million in cap space for the Cardinals, but it also incurs a dead-money hit of $1.08 million. As a result, Golden’s future in the league remains uncertain, especially given that he turns 33 in three days. However, he will likely seek a short-term contract to complete his career.

“Thanks for everything BirdGang on to the next! let’s get it!” Golden said in a Twitter post after the news was made official.

Did Markus Golden live up to expectations during his time with the Cardinals?

Markus Golden

During his time with the Cardinals, Golden played in all 17 games last season, recording 48 tackles, seven of which were for losses, 2.5 sacks, and 20 QB hits. This performance was a significant drop from his 2021 numbers when he achieved 11 sacks, 48 tackles, 10 for loss, 19 QB hits, and four forced fumbles across 16 games.

With Golden no longer on the team, there is speculation that the Cardinals may use their No. 3 pick to acquire Will Anderson, a promising pass rusher. However, the Cardinals may also choose to trade down to secure future assets.

Golden’s release follows the dismissal of WR Chosen Anderson earlier this week. On the other hand, wideout Greg Dortch will be back with the team in 2023 after signing his one-year tender on Friday.

Will the Cardinals regret releasing Golden ahead of NFL free agency?

Markus Golden

The decision to release Markus Golden is a clear indication that the Arizona Cardinals are taking a proactive approach to the upcoming NFL free agency period. With the money saved from Golden’s release, the team now has the flexibility to make strategic moves that will position them for success in the future. 

While Markus Golden’s departure may leave a void on the field, it opens up exciting possibilities for the Cardinals to explore new talent and build for the future. As the offseason continues to unfold, all eyes will be on the Arizona Cardinals to see what moves they make next. One thing is for certain: the Cardinals are not afraid to make bold moves and shake things up in the league.

Maheen Zaib

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