Markus Golden

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Cardinals, OLB Age: 30-267d Exp: 6 Years
Drafted: Round 2 (#58 overall), 2015 College: Missouri Agent(s): Tory Dandy (CAA Sports)

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  • Current Contract

    Markus Golden signed a 2 year, $5,000,000 contract with the Arizona Cardinals, including a $1,500,000 signing bonus, $2,500,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $2,500,000. In 2021, Golden will earn a base salary of $1,000,000, a signing bonus of $1,500,000, a roster bonus of $235,294 and a incentive bonus of $1,000,000, while carrying a cap hit of $1,985,294 and a dead cap value of $2,500,000.

    Contract: 2 yr(s) / $5,000,000
    Signing Bonus $1,500,000
    Average Salary $2,500,000
    Total Guarantees $2,500,000
    Guaranteed at Signing $2,500,000
    Free Agent: 2023 / UFA
      Bonus Breakdown Cap Details Cash Details  
    Year   Age Base Salary Signing Roster Cap Hit Dead Cap Yearly Cash
    2021 Contract details by year 30 $1,000,000 $750,000 $235,294 $1,985,294 $2,500,000 $3,735,294($3,735,294)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2021 Dead Cap: $2,500,000 2021 Cap Savings: $-514,706 Pre-6/1 Trade 2021 Dead Cap: $1,500,000 2021 Cap Savings: $485,294 Post-6/1 Release 2021 Dead Cap: $1,750,000 2022 Dead Cap: $750,000 2021 Cap Savings: $235,294 Post-6/1 Trade 2021 Dead Cap: $750,000 2022 Dead Cap: $750,000 2021 Cap Savings: $1,235,294

    Potential Out: 2022, 1 yr, $3,735,294; $750,000 dead cap

    2022 Contract details by year 31 $2,000,000 $750,000 $250,000 $3,000,000 $750,000 $2,250,000($5,985,294)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2022 Dead Cap: $750,000 2022 Cap Savings: $2,250,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2022 Dead Cap: $750,000 2022 Cap Savings: $2,250,000 Post-6/1 Release 2022 Dead Cap: $750,000 2023 Dead Cap: $0 2022 Cap Savings: $2,250,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2022 Dead Cap: $750,000 2023 Dead Cap: $0 2022 Cap Savings: $2,250,000
    2023 Free Agent Year 32 UFA  
    Contract Notes:
    • $2.5 million guaranteed (signing bonus + 2021 salary)
    • Per Game Active Roster: $14,705 ($250k, 16 LTBE)
    • 5 sacks: $250,000
      7 sacks: $250,0000
      10 sacks: $500,000
      13 sacks: $1M
    Sources: NFL contract specifics generally collected from verified reports.

    Previous Contracts

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    2019-2020

    Contract: 1 yr(s) / $3,750,000
    Signing Bonus -
    Average Salary $3,750,000
    Total Guarantees $2,225,000
    Guaranteed at Signing $2,225,000
    Free Agent: 2021 / UFA

    2015-2018Entry Level

    Contract: 4 yr(s) / $3,918,330
    Signing Bonus $1,109,695
    Average Salary $979,583
    Total Guarantees $1,722,802
    Guaranteed at Signing $1,722,802
    Free Agent: 2019 / UFA
  • Estimated Career Earnings

    Year Team Awards Salary Signing Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Restructure Bonus Option Bonus Incentive Earnings
    2015 Player Cash Earnings $435,000 $1,109,695 - - - - $147,122 $1,691,817
    2016 Player Cash Earnings $613,106 - - - - - - $613,106
    2017 Player Cash Earnings $791,212 - - - - - - $791,212
    2018 Player Cash Earnings $969,318 - - - - - - $969,318
    2019 Player Cash Earnings $975,000 - $2,750,000 $25,000 - - $1,000,000 $4,750,000
    2020 Player Cash Earnings $2,651,319 - - - - - $62,348 $2,713,667
    2020 Player Cash Earnings $1,446,181 - - - - - - $1,446,181
    2021 Player Cash Earnings $1,000,000 $1,500,000 $235,294 - - - $1,000,000 $3,735,294
    7 seasons $8,881,136 $2,609,695 $2,985,294 $25,000 - - $2,209,470 $16,710,595
    2022 Player Cash Earnings $2,000,000 - $250,000 - - - - $2,250,000
    $10,881,136 $2,609,695 $3,235,294 $25,000 - - $2,209,470 $18,960,595
    Seasons Team Salary Signing Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Restructure Bonus Option Bonus Incentive Total Cash
    6 seasons Player Cash Earnings $6,459,955 $2,609,695 $235,294 - - - $1,209,470 $10,514,414
    2 seasons Player Cash Earnings $2,421,181 - $2,750,000 $25,000 - - $1,000,000 $6,196,181
  • Fines

    • Player contract details by year 12/23/2016, $9,115

      Excessice facemask against Andrus Peat (NO)


    • TOTAL: $9,115

  • Transactions

    Mar 15 2021Signed a 2 year $5 million contract extension with Arizona (ARI)
    Oct 23 2020Traded to Arizona (ARI) from New York (NYG) for 2021 6th round pick (#201 Rodarius Williams)
    Mar 14 2019Signed a 1 year $3.75 million contract with New York (NYG)
    Dec 23 2016Fined $9,115 Excessice facemask against Andrus Peat (NO)
    May 14 2015Signed a 4 year $3.918 million contract with Arizona (ARI)
    May 1 2015Drafted by Arizona (ARI): Round 2 (#58 overall)
  • 2021 Player Rankings

    A visual look at how Markus Golden ranks across the league, conference, division, and team.

     

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    Statistics

    Season Team GA GP GS Snaps Snaps% Sacks Tackles Solo Tackles Ast Tackles FF INT
    2021 ARI 11 11 5 451 65.1 10 33 22 11 3
    2020 ARI 16 16 9 590 53.3 4.5 33 17 16 1 1
    2019 NYG 16 16 16 939 82.7 10 72 37 35
    2018 ARI 11 11 11 393 35.2 2.5 29 25 4
    2017 ARI 4 4 4 230 21.7 11 11
    2016 ARI 16 16 3 761 70.9 12.5 51 41 10 4
    2015 ARI 15 15 6 518 49.5 4 31 20 10 2
    Totals 89 89 54 3,882 - 44 260 173 86 10 1
  • Calculated Market Value

    Market Value

    • 4 yrs, $54,198,552
    • Avg. Salary: $13,549,638
    • NFL Rank: 84
    • OLB Rank: 6

    Previous Contract

    • Free Agent:
    • Avg. Salary: -
    • NFL Rank: 0
    • OLB Rank: 0

    Comparable Players

    We've selected the following players based on their age, contract status, and statistical production to compare Markus Golden to.

    Player Length Value Avg. Salary Age When Signed
    Mario Addison 3 $22,500,000 $7,500,000 29
    Whitney Mercilus 4 $54,000,000 $13,500,000 29
    Melvin Ingram 4 $64,000,000 $16,000,000 28
    Dee Ford 5 $85,500,000 $17,100,000 27
    Averages 4 $56,500,000 $14,125,000 28.3


    Base Calculated Value

    After adjusting the above contracts as if signed at Golden's current age (30), a linear regression is performed, providing us with the following initial value.

    Length Value Avg. Salary
    4 $54,087,672 $13,521,918


    Statistical Comparisons

    Now we'll compare our variables and Golden statistically over the two seasons prior to their signing. In this case we're analyzing: Games Played %, Sacks, Tackles, Hurries, Stops, Rating

    Player GP% Sacks/GM Tkl/GM Hurries Stops Rating
    Mario Addison 2015-2016, CAR 87.5 0.55 1.18 2.29 1.04 72.9
    Whitney Mercilus 2017-2018, HOU 65.63 0.24 1.48 1.71 1.14 69.85
    Melvin Ingram 2015-2016, LAC 100 0.58 3.06 2.81 2.06 77.25
    Dee Ford 2017-2018, SF 68.75 0.68 2.41 2.45 1.86 74.15
    Average 80.47 0.51 2.03 2.32 1.53 73.54
    Markus Golden 2018-2019 84.38 0.46 2.3 2.07 2.19 56.3
    % Change 4.86% -9.80% 13.30% -10.78% 43.14% -23.44%
    Median Prime % Change -2.47%
    Average Prime % Change 2.88%


    Calculated Market Value: Markus Golden

    After applying our Prime % figures into our base calculated value, we're given two values. The average of these values becomes our current calculated market value.

    Terms Avg. Salary
    4 years, $54,198,552 $13,549,638