Eddie Goldman announces NFL retirement

Matt Urben
Falcons Wire

Less than two weeks after signing a one-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons, veteran defensive lineman Eddie Goldman has decided to retire, the team announced on Tuesday afternoon.

The 28-year-old spent seven seasons with the Chicago Bears after being selected in the second round back in 2015. Goldman will finish his career with 73 starts, racking up 175 total tackles, 13 sacks and 21 quarterback hits.

The Falcons signed Goldman to compete for the starting nose tackle job along with Anthony Rush.

It’s unclear what made the former Bears lineman change his mind, but with growing concerns around the long-term health effects of football on the brain, players are retiring earlier.