Even after adding Khalil Mack to the mix, the Chicago Bears’ front office isn’t done shelling out big paper:
We have re-signed NT Eddie Goldman to a four-year contract extension through 2022.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) September 7, 2018
The Bears and Eddie Goldman have come to an agreement on a contract extension, which Ian Rapoport reports is a four-year pact that could be worth than $42 million and includes $25 million guaranteed. This total would reset the bar for 3-4 defensive tackles, surpassing the $20 million guarantee Damon Harrison received from the Giants. As for the total value, the $42 million puts him behind the Eagles’ Timmy Jernigan and ahead of the Packers’ Mike Daniels.
We figured Goldman was due for an extension and explored what it could look like earlier in the week. The 24-year-old DT was the Bears’ second round pick in 2015, and has obviously been one of GM Ryan Pace’s most successful picks to date.
The Goldman extension is the latest example of Pace rewarding one of his home-grown talents. Further, it’s the latest move showing a commitment to building and maintaining a strong defense. Since the start of the 2017 season, the Bears have committed $143 million in total guarantees to Mack, defensive end Akiem Hicks, cornerbacks Prince Amukamara and Kyle Fuller, and now, Goldman.
We’ll surely have more on Goldman, his deal, the fit, and more as the details roll out throughout the afternoon. For now, I’m just pumped to see the Bears stepping up to do whatever they can to ensure they have a nice, long competitive window ahead of themselves.