Stapleton adds Golden was taking care of personal matters before reporting. The deadline for him to negotiate with other teams under the UFA tender passed last week.
The rarely-used UFA tender is for 110 percent of Golden’s salary in 2019, which works out to $4.125 million.
After notching double-digit sacks on a prove-it deal, Golden’s market never materialized like he hoped this offseason, so he’s back for a second season in New York.
Golden, 29, is a former second-round pick of the Cardinals back in 2015. He played out the final year of his four-year rookie contract and signed a one-year, $3.75 million deal with the Giants after testing the free agent market for the first time in his NFL career.
In 2019, Golden appeared in all 16 games for the Giants and recorded 72 total tackles, 10 sacks, one fumble recovery returned for a touchdown and no pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 84 edge rusher out of 108 qualifying players.