Eddie Goldman’s no-show at mandatory minicamp is concerning. The large nose tackle is a key piece in the middle of the Bears’ defense. And while Chicago’s unit managed to do well enough without Goldman in the lineup, his presence was certainly missed.
Perhaps, with that in mind, the Bears are bringing in some help:
— Sports Agent (@andysimms) June 17, 2021
Mike Pennel, who was among the group of tryouts at this week’s minicamp at Halas Hall, is signing with the team. It’s a one-year deal. Pennel’s agent didn’t disclose terms of the contract, but it is still a notable signing when considering Goldman’s absence.
Pennel spent the last two years with the Chiefs, where he played 20 games (1 start). Chicago represents the fourth stop for Pennel in his pro career. Before his two-year stint in Kansas City, Pennel spent time in Green Bay (2014-16) and with the Jets (2017-18). Checking in at 6-4 and 330 pounds, Pennel fits the mold of a traditional nose tackle. At minimum, he can share reps with rookie seventh-round pick Khyiris Tonga as the only two true nose tackles in camp.
Ideally, Pennel serves in the John Jenkins role as worthwhile depth at a position where there simply isn’t a ton of depth. For now, Pennel is an in-case-of-emergency option in the middle of a talented front seven.