2. DT Eddie Goldman
Goldman originally came to the Bears as a second-round pick in 2015, which was a few regimes ago now. He played in 14 games last season, starting 10, but his role was reduced and Chicago’s run defense was actually worse than it was in 2020 completely without him. After he opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19, there were rumors he was considering retirement as he did not attend OTAs or minicamp last offseason.
There is also a question of Goldman’s fit as a nose tackle in the new defensive scheme head coach Matt Eberflus is bringing in. He was ideal in the Vic Fangio-influenced 3-4 scheme, but the move to a 4-3 makes that type of two-gap nose less essential.
The Bears could just cut Goldman and clear some cap space (while keeping some dead money). But seeing what might be out there in a trade is a good idea, even if the return is likely only a mid or late-round draft pick.