An insider reveals that the Bears’ veteran defender would most likely be released after the season.
Eddie Goldman’s time in Chicago is certainly coming to an end.
The Chicago Bears’ starting nose tackle has had a rocky start to the season, and one major team insider believes this will be Goldman’s final season with the organization.
Since his debut in 2015, Goldman has built a reputation as one of the team’s greatest run stoppers. Last season, he opted out due to worries about COVID-19, and there was considerable speculation leading into the season about whether he would be in good playing shape after missing an entire year.
The Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs, a top Bears insider, claims that Goldman’s conditioning is no longer a major problem.
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So Far, the Bears’ run defense has been a huge disappointment.
In 2018, the Bears’ run defense was the best in the NFL, allowing only 80.0 yards per game on the ground. Goldman Sachs was a major contributor to this. However, in recent years, Chicago’s ‘D’ has been progressively poorer at stopping the run. With Goldman missing for the whole season, the Bears allowed 102.0 yards per game on the ground in 2019 and 113.4 yards per game previous season. However, the run defense has been abysmal this season, particularly in recent games.
When the Chicago Bears allowed 145 yards running against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 8, the defense allowed its third straight 100-yard rushing game. After missing the opening several weeks of the season, Goldman has only participated in five games this season and has a career-low 35.1 overall grade from PFF. His stat sheet is a little sparse, to say the least. In 149 snaps, he has two solo tackles, four pressures, and four hurries.
According to Spotrac, Goldman is due $8.76 million in base salary next year, and the Bears would face a $5.15 million dead cap penalty if they released him outright. Is there another option? Goldman, who turns 28 in January, was rumored to be considering retirement by Biggs over the summer. That didn’t happen, but it’s something to think about as you contemplate Goldman’s predicament at the end of the season.
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