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Falcons Are Signing DT Coming Out Of Retirement

Falcons Are Signing DT Coming Out Of Retirement


A detail of the Atlanta Falcons logo is seen at the 50 yard line against the Green Bay Packers during their 2011 NFC divisional playoff game at Georgia Dome on January 15, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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The Atlanta Falcons have some real hope that they will fly high enough to finish first in the NFC South this coming season.

They brought in quarterback Kirk Cousins, a four-time Pro Bowler, as well as a solid wide receiver in Darnell Mooney, as free agents.

On Tuesday, they made a move they hope will bolster their defense when they signed defensive tackle Eddie Goldman, who last played in 2021, per Ian Rapoport.

Goldman played his first six NFL seasons with the Chicago Bears (he opted out of the 2020 campaign due to the COVID-19 pandemic), and he originally signed with Atlanta in the summer of 2022.

He announced his retirement just days later, only to come out of retirement the following March, although he didn’t play last season.

A native of Washington, D.C., Goldman played three seasons at Florida State University, after which he was taken in the second round of the 2015 draft by the Bears.

In 81 career games in the league, he has started 73 contests and accumulated 175 tackles (116 solo), 13.0 sacks, 21 quarterback hits, and 18 tackles for loss.

Last season, Atlanta went 7-10, due largely to some poor play from their quarterbacks, but they also had some issues defensively.

There was some legitimate hope when they won four of their first seven games, but four losses in their last five contests ended any chances they had of making the playoffs.

The Falcons haven’t made the playoffs since the 2017 season, which was one year after they blew a 25-point lead and lost in Super Bowl LI to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

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