One of my favorite bits this offseason has been following the parade of former Bears players, coaches, and front office folks who make the trek to Atlanta.
It’s been a fun list to piece together:
And soon, we can add Eddie Goldman to the list:
NFL reporter/podcaster Jordan Schultz reports the Falcons are adding Goldman on a one-year deal. The former Bears nose tackle plugs a hole in the middle of Atlanta’s defense. And if he can bounce back from last season’s disappointing showing, he could re-enter the free agent market and seek a bigger deal.
The Bears cut Goldman back in March in a move that created more than $6.6 million in cap space for the team this offseason. And with the team having changes at GM, head coach, and throughout the defensive staff, Goldman wasn’t going to be a fit for this team. And, frankly, the Bears are probably better having cut ties when they did. If you’ll recall, Goldman sat out the 2020 season citing concerns during the pandemic-altered NFL season. He came back a year later, but not without going through a level of uncertainty regarding his return — and only after sitting out mandatory minicamp. Goldman would go onto miss time in training camp and regular season due to COVID protocol after not getting vaccinated. All in all, it was a rough year for the big fella (and the Bears).
But that is a thing of the past, as is Goldman’s time with the Bears.