Eddie Goldman, a veteran defensive tackle who just recently joined with the Falcons, has informed the organisation of his intention to retire from the National Football League after six seasons in the league, the club stated on Tuesday. This decision was made after nearly two weeks had passed since the Braves of Atlanta announced that they had signed the 28-year-old to their 90-man roster on July 6.
After completing his collegiate career at Florida State, where he earned first-team All-ACC honours and contributed to the program’s national championship victory in 2014, Goldman was selected by the Chicago Bears in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft. This led to his entry into the National Football League (NFL). He started his career in Chicago and played there for the first seven seasons of it, including an opt-out year in 2020 because of the widespread COVID-19 pandemic.
Goldman finished his career with 81 games played in the regular season (73 starts), tallying 175 tackles along with 21 quarterback hits and 13 sacks. The nose tackle had his greatest season in the NFL in 2018, when he started all 16 games for the Bears and racked up 40 tackles along with three sacks. In addition, he played in all 16 games for the Bears. This transpired after Goldman extended his contract with the organisation for a total of $42 million over the course of four years, with $25 million of that sum being guaranteed.
Bears general manager Ryan Pace announced on March 14 that the team would not re-sign Goldman.