Arrow veteran Eddie Goldman informed the Atlanta Falcons that he will retire from the NFLtwo weeks after signing a one-year contract with the team earlier this month.
Goldman, 28, was the Chicago Bears’ second pick in the 2015 NFL Draft and spent his entire career with the team before being released in March. In his first five seasons, Goldman scored 12.5 tackles and 17 tackles. He was named a replacement for the Pro Bowl in 2019, but opted out of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A year later, he returned and struggled to find his 2019 form, ending the 2021 season with a single tackle.
“It’s a kind of pain, you know?” Goldman talks about sitting out in 2020, via NBC Sports Chicago. “Because when you get into the routine, like you know what time they’re on the pitch, they’re warming up around this time, they’re giving a speech in the dressing room. You know what I mean. All that and just staying away from it was like killing me.”
With the Falcons, Goldman joined a defense fixed by Grady Jarrett defending twice during the Pro Bowl. The veterans will report to Atlanta’s training camp next Tuesday with Anthony Rush being favored starting with a nose shot next to Jarrett.