Rumor: Eagles interested in former Steelers cornerback Steven Nelson
Former Steeler’s CB Steven Nelson is far and away the best corner remaining on the market. Nelson has reportedly heard from a myriad of teams since his release, and the Eagles appear to be one of them:
Cornerback Steven Nelson’s market has been strong since becoming a free agent. Nelson has interest and has heard from 14 teams including #Texans #Bears #Eagles #Bengals and #Bills, per source. He continues to be patient waiting for right fit and opportunity.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) May 12, 2021
In a draft where the Eagles were expected to come away with at least two cornerbacks, the team only selected one in Zech McPhearson in the 4th-round. While McPhearson does possess remarkable fluidity, there still isn’t much depth behind Darius Slay (who turned 30 back in January).
Nelson’s two-year stint with Pittsburgh was a productive one, having 95 tackles, 17 passes defended, and 3 interceptions over that span. Nelson excels in man coverage as he was one of the top-graded corners in that metric in 2019, allowing just 12 passes to be completed when asked to man up.
The 28-year-old was arguably the best corner on that Steelers defense and it won’t be long before he’s picked up. The Eagles currently have roughly $4.3M in cap space and can free up an additional $8.5M if they move Ertz after June 1st.
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