Chicago Bears cut candidate No. 3: Eddie Goldman — $8.9 million
Defensive tackle Eddie Goldman is the most likely to be a salary cap casualty. His cut gives the Chicago Bears the biggest chunk of cap space.
There has been drama with Goldman since the 2020 season. The NFL gave players the option of opting out of the season due to COVID concerns.
There was some drama right before the beginning of training camp. There were rumors flying about Goldman possibly retiring. Eventually, though, he reported to camp.
Once the season started, Goldman suffered through injury and COVID. Interesting that he got COVID. One might think if he was so concerned about the virus he’d be vaccinated but that was not the case.
Goldman’s play suffered as a result. Once a force in the middle against the run, opposing running backs gashed the Bears’ middle at will.
Just like with Cohen, Goldman isn’t the guy anymore. The Bears have Angelo Blackson and Khyiris Tonga who each had good moments during the season. The new coaches could decide that either one of them could start in Goldman’s place. That makes Goldman expendable. That big salary cap relief also does the job.