Why the Chicago Bears might need Mike Pennel after all

Matt Nagy has expressed his full confidence that nose tackle Eddie Goldman will show up to training camp.

If he doesn’t, the NFL will pay him again.

According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, players can opt out for 2021 due to COVID-19 concerns by 3 p.m. on July 2 and receive a stipend of $ 350,000 for not playing. The news came in a memo sent Wednesday about the NFL-NFLPA deal on the matter.

Instead of getting his allowance of $ 350,000 and staying home, Goldman could show up to training camp and receive his salary of $ 4.75 million this season. He was also to receive a $ 100,000 practice bonus, but he did not work with the OTA team and did not show up for the mandatory minicamp.

“I don’t think that’s a doubt,” Bears coach Matt Nagy said when asked if Goldman would be at camp. “I’m really confident he’s going to be here. Obviously when someone isn’t in the minicamp that’s probably what a lot of people will think and start wondering what the deal is and what is it? natural, OK and normal.

“But we fully expect him to be here and again I’m just super excited with all of the guys who are here right now and where they are at.”

What Goldman should decide is whether he wants to risk a second straight year of his career while still in his prime as a player, or risk all of his concerns about COVID-19 or concerns about the vaccine. COVID-19.

The Bears hired defensive line veteran Mike Pennel after the minicamp, which may or may not say something about their real confidence in Goldman coming to camp. Then again they also have Bilal Nichols suffering from a toe injury late in the minicamp and the decision could have been made to fix that. Pennel, who is 6-foot-4, 330 pounds, played a lot more as a defensive end in a 3-4 than he did as a nose tackle.

Nagy wasn’t the only one voicing the belief that they would see Goldman.

“Eddie Goldman, he’s a silent killer, man,” linebacker Danny Trevathan said. “Does his cock, loves his job. He’s one of those guys that does his job, doesn’t talk too much but he works his cock.”

Except last year.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t have it last year,” Trevathan said. “It’s going to be great to have him this year. I know he will be there. He worked his tail. He looks totally different.

“I’ve communicated with him as much as I can – he’s a tough guy to contact – but he loves us. He loves the Bears organization. He loves defense. So he’s going to come here ready to work.”

Trevathan didn’t explain how Goldman was totally different. Maybe he’s lost weight to a position where a player needs the extra weight. Maybe he has a full beard or has shaved his head.

There were two brief videos posted to Instagram of Goldman working out with weights in June, and it was hard to say anything about them.

There were a few more withdrawals for the Bears last year, but they were at the minicamp. Former Chiefs running back Damien Williams was one but was still with Kansas City in 2020. Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin was traded by San Francisco to Philadelphia, retired, then returned to the 49ers due to the ‘opt-out. The 49ers cut it and Bears signed it. Bears safety Jordan Lucas stepped down last year after being signed as a free agent. Additionally, cornerback Thomas Graham Jr. opted out of his final varsity season in Oregon and was drafted in the sixth round.

Goldman, a 2019 Pro Bowl replacement, has always worked under former Bears defensive line coach Jay Rodgers and now Chris Rumph coaches the line.

“I hope with Eddie Goldman it’s like riding a bike,” Rumph said. “He’s just going to pick it up and start pedaling again. He probably won’t be able to do a wheelie just yet, but he will eventually be able to do wheelies.

“So I’m just excited to get him back into the building. ”

That is, if he’s in the building and isn’t raising $ 350,000 instead of working for $ 4.75 million.

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