Atlanta Falcons sign veteran defensive tackle Eddie Goldman
By Nick Halden
The Atlanta Falcons signed yet another former Chicago Bear on Wednesday adding veteran lineman Eddie Goldman. Goldman is one of many former Chicago Bears players who has been brought to Atlanta to attempt to win a roster spot on the heels of former Bears GM Ryan Pace joining the front office.
Whether is speaks to Pace’s level of influence or simply a coincidence there isn’t any denying the one consistent trend in the Atlanta off-season has been adding players tied to Pace’s tenure in Chicago.
In this instance, Atlanta made a great decision adding a player who will give Grady Jarrett the help he has so desperately needed on the inside. Goldman isn’t going to get to the passer often, however, he is great at clogging the middle of the offensive line demanding attention, and allowing others to succeed around him.
Goldman has 21-career quarterback hits and is coming off of what was his worst season with Chicago giving Atlanta the chance to sign the veteran on a bargain deal.
While there are many questions facing the Atlanta Falcons offense there is no denying they have spent the off-season setting up their defense to take a huge step forward. Adding veteran Casey Hayward alongside A.J. Terrell as well as bringing in a myriad of potential pass-rushing options will fix Atlanta’s two biggest issues on defense.
Goldman will help Atlanta fix the problem of stopping the run and allowing Grady Jarrett to have a greater impact on the game consistently. Goldman is far from a star player but he will prove to be an impactful addition for a defense desperate to find help alongside Jarrett.
Anthony Rush and Ta’Quon Graham were the obvious options for Atlanta before adding Goldman. Graham and Rush will still likely contribute though in lesser roles they are far more suited for.