The Chicago Bears and nose tackle Eddie Goldman have reached agreement on a four-year contract extension.
The Chicago Bears are not messing around. GM Ryan Pace has been on a huge preseason spending spree. Less than a week after trading for outside linebacker Khalil Mack and subsequently signing him to a monster contract extension including no less than $90 million in guaranteed money, the Bears have reached agreement on a contract extension with nose tackle Eddie Goldman.
The Bears did not disclose terms, but according to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport, it’s a four-year extension worth $42 million with $25 million in guaranteed money that will keep Goldman in the middle of the Bears defensive line through 2022.
Ryan Pace must be pretty “fired up” as he inked one of his draft picks to an extension.
"“We are excited to be able to reward one of our own in Eddie. We put pride in drafting and developing players and Eddie has put the work in every day to earn this opportunity.”"
Pace selected Goldman in the second round of the 2015 draft, 39th overall out of Florida State. He’s been a steady contributor in the middle of the Bears rising defense and earned PWFA 2015 All-Rookie team.
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After a successful rookie season, Goldman missed 10 games in 2016. He bounced back to play 15 games in 2017 to record 44 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 fumble recovery and three tackles for loss. Over his career Goldman has appeared in 36 games over three seasons with the Bears, recording 106 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 10 tackles for loss, one fumble recovery and one pass breakup. Of course, his value is anchoring the defensive line while taking on double teams to free up other defenders to make plays.
Contract talks have been ongoing throughout the offseason. Word is Goldman’s side wanted to sign a four-year pact which gets him to free agency before he turns 30.
Let’s hope that Goldman can stay healthy and live up to this hefty contract while the Bears defense continues its ascent to elite status.