Bears’ Eddie Goldman opts out

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The Bears have lost a key player on their defense as a result of concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bears defensive tackle Eddie Goldman has informed the team he plans to opt out, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

The report indicates that Goldman has health concerns, which may mean he has a medical necessity and will receive a $350,000 stipend. Players who opt out without a medical necessity receive a $150,000 stipend. Goldman has a $4.75 million fully guaranteed base salary this season, which will now become his salary for next season. He’ll have to pay back the stipend next year.

A second-round draft pick in 2015, Goldman has emerged as one of the most important players on the Bears’ defense, and he’ll be missed in 2020.

22 responses to “Bears’ Eddie Goldman opts out

  1. Why should a football player get $350k to sit home and do nothing when any other American that chooses to do the same gets nothing more than maybe a measly unemployment check?

  2. This season is going to be a season where you just enjoy and appreciate anything you’re able to watch. I don’t blame anyone who doesn’t feel comfortable playing.

  3. Its difficult to admit that the fall sports ritual is going to look markedly different this year. A “complete” season rather than a full schedule. Significant players opting out. Games likely cancelled or moved due to outbreaks.

    I will miss it, as it is the one sporting event which I look forward to between September and January. Fantasy Football. Watching games with friends.

    But I suppose keeping the healthcare system from collapsing and protecting lives is important too.

  4. No Goldman will impact the Bears big time, I remember when had a bogus flag thrown against him in week one against the Packers last season. The Bears defense made a huge stop on 3rd down and Rodgers cried about it to get a flag or a 1st down and they scored the winning touchdown.

  5. No Goldman will impact the Bears big time, I remember when he had a bogus flag thrown against him in week one against the Packers last season. The Bears defense made a huge stop on 3rd down and Rodgers cried about it to get a flag or a 1st down and they scored the winning touchdown.

  6. Their will be no season next year. More and more players are opting out. Their is no way that they can reasonably keep the players safe in a full contact sport. Look what has happen with the MLB’s Florida Marlins. No games will be played due to many players and personnel will come up positive during the training camps. Unless their is a vaccine by Winter and they move the season to the Spring which will come in conflict with the NBA and NHL it is not happening this year. Also if they have it in the Spring, it will be a very short turn around for next season’s Fall schedule. Their will be many veterans not coming back after a missed season and teams will save cash by signing young undrafted players to fill in the gap. This is going to happen.

  7. Is the cost/benefit ratio worth it for sports to rush back? I mean I get that these are money driven leagues, but you’re spending millions on routine testing for a minimal product (opt outs), while risking the immediate and long-term health of thousands of players and staffs. MLB is probably gonna shut down again after this false start. The NBA might not be able to insulate itself, and really who cares about a watered down end of season over there anyway? Football, a contact sport, is suffering from a delusion if they think protection protocols alone will keep people safe, cuz that’s working out splendidly for the general public…

  8. Take care of yourself big fella.

    I wonder how many guys have preexisting conditions and simply don’t know about it, like Gaines Adams. RIP.

  9. “Why should a football player get $350k to sit home and do nothing when any other American that chooses to do the same gets nothing more than maybe a measly unemployment check?”

    Because they still have self-respect for their own dignity and long term labor value, hence they are unionized. You should try it sometime.

  10. “Because they still have self-respect for their own dignity”

    Guess we’ll see how many of these “smart young men” are actually practicing social distancing and wearing a mask.

    Privileged athletes usually don’t believe the rules apply to them.

  11. I don’t blame anyone for opting out. I’m sitting here comfortably from home and still working. My only risk is what I choose to create.

    With MLB already having issues I can’t see how a contact sport like NFL making it for a “complete”* season.

    Stay safe all.

  12. joetoronto has an unhealthy obsession with Mack and Trubisky says:
    July 28, 2020 at 11:20 am

    No Goldman will impact the Bears big time, I remember when had a bogus flag thrown against him in week one against the Packers last season. The Bears defense made a huge stop on 3rd down and Rodgers cried about it to get a flag or a 1st down and they scored the winning touchdown.
    ——————————————-

    Was that “bogus” flag the reason the Bears scored a whopping three points in that game? Because that completely inept offense was the reason they lost that game. Or were the refs the reason they were a .500 team? Or are they just a mediocre team as their record suggests because they have a terrible QB they made a dumb trade up for and passed on Mahomes to get? Or is it all because they were victimized by others?

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