Nose tackle Eddie Goldman was a no-show at Bears mandatory minicamp Tuesday. Matt Nagy told reporters that he’s talked with the veteran defensive lineman, but the head coach also noted that the absence was unexcused (per Adam Jahns of The Athletic on Twitter). Nagy said he expects Goldman to be present during July’s training camp.
Goldman signed a four-year, $42 million extension ($25 million guaranteed) with the Bears back in 2018. That deal was set to expire following the 2022 campaign, but the deal was extended to 2023 after the veteran sat out the 2020 campaign. As part of that move, Goldman agreed to a $350,000 stipend during the 2020 season, and his original 2020 salary of $4.75 million was pushed to 2021. It’s unknown if Goldman’s current absence is contract-related, but this wrinkle could be a potential explanation.
The 2015 second-round pick has spent his entire career with the Bears, appearing in 67 games. Before sitting out the 2020 season, the veteran had missed only a pair of games between the 2017 and 2019 seasons, collecting 4.5 sacks, eight tackles for loss, and eight QB hits over that span.