The Chicago Bears will have the anchor of their defensive line, Eddie Goldman, back with the team come training camp on Tuesday, according to a report from the Chicago Tribune. Fears began to mount over the status of the 27-year old nose tackle after he skipped mandatory minicamp practices last month, leading to a long stretch of speculation over his future.
Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune broke the story on Wednesday that not only is Goldman expected to show, but the year off seems to have rejuvenated the Florida State alum saying he is “eager to get back on the practice field” according to sources close to Goldman.
While the Tribune’s report brings some definite comfort to Bears fans everywhere, we can’t dismiss Sirius XM’s Bill Zimmerman for calling this development back in June from (maybe the same) sources close to Goldman.
I can confirm from a source very close to the situation that the #Bears' Eddie Goldman will indeed be reporting to training camp on time.
He will not he holding out or opting out as any of the recent rampant speculation has suggested.
— Bill Zimmerman (@ZimmermanSXM) June 24, 2021
Nevertheless, the Bears defense can prepare for the 2021 season with Goldman ready to wreak havoc on opposing offensive lines in due time. Prior to opting out of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Goldman appeared in 67 games for the Bears from 2015-2019 racking up 153 tackles and 12.5 sacks.
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