Chicago Bears nose tackle Eddie Goldman became the first player on the team to opt-out of the 2020 NFL season, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, leaving a gigantic hole (literally and figuratively) in the middle of the Bears' defensive front.
Goldman joins a growing list of NFL players who are choosing to sit out the season instead of taking the risk of contracting COVID-19.
Naturally, Bears fans reacted to the news on Twitter.
Obviously unfortunate news for the Bears. We've heard that a high BMI is a risk factor and Eddie Goldman likely has one of the higher BMIs on the Bears— Brad Spielberger (@PFF_Brad) July 28, 2020
The signing of John Jenkins just became a lot more important
If eddie Goldman wants to avoid any chance of covid let him. Stay safe man.— Kiko Guzman (@BluKiko) July 28, 2020
Mood about this Eddie Goldman opt out news. ( respect his decision but it’s a bummer) pic.twitter.com/ojFP8E48BX— 🅰️🅰️ron in the Chi 🌃 (@aarontor) July 28, 2020
Eddie Goldman opting out is a massive blow to the overall shape of the front 7. He is a stud in the middle. Brutal.— Bear Down (@_Bear_Down_) July 28, 2020
Eddie Goldman 😓— Albaro (@martinez3507) July 28, 2020
No Eddie Goldman? Cancel the season— Matteo (@MgBlazer77) July 28, 2020
My heart hurts...Eddie Goldman sets the tempo for the defensive line. Come on man...we need u.— kcjr21 (@Acezwild21) July 28, 2020
With #Bears Eddie Goldman opting out, let me throw a crazy idea out there -- what if, well, everyone opts out an the Bears just tank for a QB while pushing all their key players' contracts out a year?— Robert Schmitz (@robertkschmitz) July 28, 2020
Could, in theory, address the QB issue while keeping talent