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Falcons get Unexpected Boost on Defensive Line

The Atlanta Falcons already signed defensive tackle David Onyemata from the New Orleans Saints, and now they’re getting another big body to the trenches according to a report from Mike Garafolo.

“The Falcons have reinstated DT Eddie Goldman from the reserve/retired list,” reported Garafolo on Twitter. “He’s back after announcing his retirement last year.”

The Falcons signed Goldman last offseason from the Chicago Bears waiver-wire list (as they’ve done so many times before), but Goldman elected to retire rather than play the 2022 season.

A year off and evidently Goldman has changed his mind.

Still just 29-years old, the former second-round pick of the Bears would be a welcome addition on the defensive front. While he may not live up to his second-round billing from 2015, at 6’3 and 325 pounds, he’s a presence in the trenches.

Goldman started 73 games in six years with the Bears and had 175 tackles with a career-high 44 in 2017.

That the Falcons have activated Goldman doesn’t mean he’ll be on the roster come Week 1 of the season. They can shop him for a draft pick if he’s looking for a change of scenery or outright waive him if it comes to that.

Abdullah Anderson filled the role nicely for the Falcons in 2022 that Goldman was originally signed to play, but Anderson is an unrestricted free agent.

Goldman gives the Atlanta Falcons some flexibility with another talented veteran heading into the 2023 season.

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