Ex-Bears Defender Signs with Falcons

Ex-Bears Defender Signs with Falcons
Aug 29, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears nose tackle Eddie Goldman. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports.

The mass exodus of Chicago Bears players continues in 2022 as free-agent nose tackle Eddie Goldman reportedly signed with the Atlanta Falcons on Wednesday.

So far, Chicago has lost Khalil Mack, Allen Robinson, Akiem Hicks, Danny Trevathan, Tarik Cohen, Jimmy Graham, Tashaun Gipson, Jason Peters, and Goldman (among others) this offseason from the 2021 depth chart.

Sep 15, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Chicago Bears nose tackle Eddie Goldman. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports.

Goldman joins a Falcons team slated to win about 4.5 games in 2022, the fewest in the NFL, along with the Houston Texans. Atlanta had a roster need at nose tackle, and barring injury, Goldman will become the instant starter in the Falcons defensive trenches.

Drafted in the 2nd Round of the 2015 NFL Draft, Goldman has produced an impressive career to date, although he experienced a down year in 2021. Overall, he’s tallied 175 total tackles, 21 quarterback hits, 13 sacks, and one safety in six seasons.

Here’s the Pro Football Focus resume for the 28-year-old:

  • 2015 = 70.4
  • 2016 = 75.9
  • 2017 = 65.2
  • 2018 = 87.3
  • 2019 = 70.7
  • 2020 = COVID opt-out
  • 2021 = 39.8
Dec 9, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears nose tackle Eddie Goldman. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports.

The Falcons have signed a plethora of former Bears this offseason, including Damiere Byrd (WR), Germain Ifedi (OL), Teez Tabor (DB), Elijah Wilkinson (OL), and Damien Williams (RB).

The agreement for Goldman and Atlanta is for one year, although the financial terms were not immediately disclosed.

Goldman’s old team, the Bears, is expected to win 6.5 games in 2022.



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