3 easy cuts to save the Chicago Bears $21 million in cap space

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Chicago Bears Cut Candidate: Eddie Goldman, Defensive Line

A major cut for the 2022 season is defensive lineman Eddie Goldman. Goldman was an absolute force at nose tackle for the Bears since he was drafted back in 2015. His big issue is availability. For starters, Goldman missed all of 2020 due to opting out of the season for COVID-19. In addition to that, Goldman has only played one entire season once in his career (2018). Even this year, he missed time early in the season due to COVID and had to sit out longer since he was not vaccinated.

With that being said, Goldman was still solid, but he isn’t the same player he was. He did not have the effect he used to as the run-stuffing nose tackle he once was. He seemed like an average defensive lineman most of the season with little-to-no impact. Goldman showed a few flashes, but that is it.

The progress and showing of seventh-round pick Khyris Tonga is another reason to let Goldman go. Tonga looked very solid as a rotating defensive lineman for the Bears and looks like another Pace late-round hit on the defensive line. Cutting Goldman (post-June 1st) saves the Bears $8.9 million.