With the start of training camp in view for NFL franchises this coming week, it makes sense that many veteran players left on the free agent market are starting to agree to the terms offered to them by teams willing to give them a home for the 2021 season. The latest vet to sign is former Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Steven Nelson who reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles.
ESPN reporter Jeremy Fowler notes that Nelson’s new deal is worth more than $4 million, but specifics were not yet available as of press time.
Nelson was originally drafted by the Chiefs under then-general manager John Dorsey with the team’s third round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. He spent the next four seasons in K.C., but was allowed to leave in free agency when the Pittsburgh Steelers offered him bigger money once his rookie deal was up.
Steven Nelson has found a new home with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Nelson spent the last two years in Pittsburgh with Mike Tomlin’s team and was a starting boundary corner opposite Joe Haden on a solid Steelers defense. He started 30 games over the last two seasons and added 17 passes deflected and 3 interceptions in that span. However, Nelson was cut earlier this offseason in a cap-cutting measure which made Nelson a free agent once again.
Despite being on his third team, Nelson is still only 28 years old and should have plenty of life ahead of him. Getting him on a one-year deal is a solid move for the Eagles secondary and Nelson should be plenty motivated to hit free agency again next year with momentum this time around. It’s assumed Nelson will slot in opposite Darius Slay as an instant upgrade.