Bears Don't Anticipate Any More Players Opting Out

Nose tackle Eddie Goldman is the lone Bears player to opt out so far.

Chris Emma
July 29, 2020 - 11:51 am
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(670 The Score) Bears general manager Ryan Pace isn't aware of any other players on his roster preparing to opt out of playing in 2020, he said Wednesday, a day after news broke that nose tackle Eddie Goldman will sit out due to COVID-19 health concerns amid the pandemic.

Pace emphasized the Bears support and understand Goldman's decision, saying it's "personal to everyone."

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"Eddie is an important part of our team and our family," Pace said. "We're going to welcome him back at the appropriate time."

The NFL has set a deadline of Monday for players to make their decisions on whether to play or opt out of the 2020 season. Such decisions can't be reversed. Players who opt out but aren't deemed high risk on the health front are given a stipend of $150,000 and won't gain an accrued season of service.

Players who are given high-risk designations will receive a $350,000 stipend and will gain an accrued season of service.

Goldman, 26, is believed to be higher risk, NFL Media reporter Ian Rapoport said on the Dan Bernstein Show on 670 The Score on Tuesday. He currently has four years remaining on his contract.

"We completely support him," Bears coach Matt Nagy said of Goldman.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.