This upcoming free agency period will be a big one for the Chicago Bears as it’s the first in the new Ryan Poles and Matt Eberflus era. Chicago is set to have over 20 free agents and just over $25M in cap space to work with.
While we don’t expect many big news for the Bears in terms of landing premier free agents but if they do want to spend big, they could free up some more space. And that would include a potential cap casualty on their defensive line.
In his latest for the Chicago Tribune, Brad Biggs may have hinted at the Bears plan with Goldman this offseason:
“THERE’S A GOOD CHANCE THEY RELEASE NOSE TACKLE EDDIE GOLDMAN. I FIND IT HARD TO BELIEVE THEY WOULD PAY HIM $8.86 MILLION THIS SEASON WITH GOLDMAN HAVING AN $11.8 MILLION CAP NUMBER. THOSE NUMBERS SIMPLY DON’T MATCH WHAT HE PUT ON FILM LAST SEASON. IS THERE A SCENARIO IN WHICH GOLDMAN WOULD AGREE TO PLAY FOR LESS THIS SEASON? I SUPPOSE THAT’S POSSIBLE, BUT I’D ONLY BE GUESSING IF THAT’S A CONSIDERATION FOR EITHER PARTY.”
It’s very possible that the Bears looked at the tape and saw that Goldman may not be a fit for them right now with where they are at. If that’s the case, then saving some cap space does make sense here.
After missing all of 2020, Goldman struggled in his return in 2021 and really wasn’t the same player he once was.
However, it would create a new need for the Bears on the defensive line. But sometimes that’s the gamble you take.
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