CB Steven Nelson narrowly missed his contract incentive, but the Eagles made up for it
As a part of his one-year contract with the Eagles, CB Steven Nelson needed to play 90% of the defensive snaps to earn a $375k incentive bonus.
He was above his requirement heading into the final week of the season, playing in 92% of the snaps on defense. However, the Eagles clinched a playoff berth, resulting in Nick Sirianni resting the majority of his starters in the season finale vs. Dallas.
By sitting out that game, Nelson’s snap percentage dropped to 87% — just missing his incentive. The Eagles, being the standup team that they are, reportedly awarded him a bonus to make up for it:
Eagles CB Steven Nelson was made a healthy scratch in Week 18, a move that prevented him from reaching a 90% play-time incentive worth $375K.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) January 13, 2022
The day before the game, Philly gave him a $375K signing bonus to make up for that missed incentive. Very good on the Eagles for that.
This was a good move by the team heading into the playoffs. Nelson has been a quality corner across Pro Bowler Darius Slay and shouldn’t be penalized for contributing to a winning season.
Slay believes that Nelson, who will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, is due for a big payday after a productive year.
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