Golden was once a four-star recruit in the 2008 class, top-20 in the nation and a top-10 corner back, holding offers to Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA and USC.
He started at corner under Mike Stoops’ regime, and was supposed to be the successor to Antoine Cason. Golden tallied 54 tackles, two interceptions and a forced fumble in his first two seasons at corner.
He made the switch to strong safety in 2010, where he racked up 60 tackles, one interception, 13 pass deflections and one forced fumble. He followed that up with 69 tackles, one interception, six pass deflections and two forced fumbles in senior year.
He was invited to the NFL Combine, but went undrafted, and eventually signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The 27-year-old had been moved around the secondary in Pittsburgh over the last few years, but primarily contributed on special teams, serving as special teams captain in 2015 and 2016.
Golden has played in 92 games since 2012, totaling 80 tackles, two interceptions and one forced fumble.
In 2016, he signed a 3-year, $4.95 million contract with the Steelers. By cutting him, the team saved just under $1.5 million in cap space.
In six seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, he made approximately $6.5 million. The terms of his contract with the Chiefs have not been released.
The move for both Golden and the Chiefs seem mutually beneficial, as the team has been lacking depth at safety and needs to address the position group in the upcoming NFL Draft. The Chiefs had already cut their starting strong safety earlier this off-season too, in order to save $5 million of cap space.