The Chicago Bears plan to have defensive lineman Eddie Goldman out of the 2020 season due to health concerns related to coronovirus, sources confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday.
NFL media was the first to report.
Goldman, 26, has been a fanatic on Chicago’s defensive line since he entered the league in 2015 as a second-round draft option. Bears general manager Ryan Pace has repeatedly referred to Goldman as the “anchor” of Chicago’s defense.
The 6-foot-3, 320-pound nose tackle started 63 games (12.5 sacks) for the Bears in the last five seasons and is one of the team’s best run-stoppers.
Goldman signed a four-year extension with Chicago prior to the 2018 season with $ 25 million guaranteed. Goldman had 29 tackles and one of 15 sacks for the Bears last year.
Chicago may be able to make another free-agent nose tackle, but the club already brought 31-year-old John Jenkins back to offshin in a one-year deal. Jenkins appeared in eight matches for the Bears in 2017.
The Bears defeated Neil Williams to the Detroit Lions in free agency in a defensive tackle.