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Bears DT Eddie Goldman Opts Out of the 2020 NFL Season Citing Health Concerns Related to COVID-19

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With veterans scheduled to start showing up for training camp today and the NFL’s opt-out date of August 1st looming, I was prepared to start seeing names of players opting out.

And the first Bears player to do so is in the heart of Chicago’s defense:

NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reports Bears nose tackle Eddie Goldman plans to opt out of the 2020 season.

Goldman, 26, has been a stout defender upon his arrival as a rookie in 2015. And as he was set to enter his sixth season with the Bears, Goldman (who signed a four-year extension in 2018) figured to be an anchor in the middle of the defensive line between Akiem Hicks and the Bilal Nichols/Roy Robertson-Harris combo. It’ll be quite a blow to lose Goldman, even if the team has an experienced nose tackle such as John Jenkins as a reserve on the depth chart.

Ultimately, I can’t knock Goldman for opting out. Because even though football players are competitors driven to win, there are some things that are bigger than football. And with health and safety being paramount, I support (and understand) Goldman’s decision.

As for the cap hit, those details are confusing, but emerging:

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Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.