Free-agent CB Steven Nelson makes final plea to teams as June 1st approaches
Former Steeler’s CB Steven Nelson is far and away the best corner remaining on the market. Per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, the free agent has received interest from several teams as he continues to wait for the right opportunity. Nelson believes he is a top talent and can provide long-term stability at the cornerback position:
June 1st do you wanna win or be average time will tell 💯— Steve Nelson (@Nelson_Island) May 30, 2021
I could sign anywhere but I’m not average I just want my respect and worth. Island out 🏝 https://t.co/qlDYmXhYhK— Steve Nelson (@Nelson_Island) April 19, 2021
The Eagles are likely to free up over $16M in cap space between post-June 1 designations on Alshon Jeffery, Malik Jackson, and the inevitable split from TE Zach Ertz. The team also needs to reserve some of that salary to sign their rookie class.
While the Eagles did draft CB Zech McPhearson in the 4th round of this year’s draft and traded for undersized Josiah Scott, they still lack a true outside corner other than Darius Slay — who turned 30 back in January.
Steven 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.
New Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon also stated that he’s comfortable with the current CB group, so we’ll have to see if they make a move or leave it up to Gannon to develop his young talent.