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There’s a solid cornerback available on the open market and depending on his asking price, the Eagles should be all-in.
Steven Nelson was released by the Steelers and he’s available to sign with whatever team fits his interest.
The Eagles can use another cornerback after adding talented safety Anthony Harris to the mix.
The move saves Pittsburgh $8.25 million in cap space and it could allow Philadelphia to add a talented cornerback to the roster while allowing Howie Roseman to focus on wide receiver and linebacker early-on in the NFL draft.
Nelson started all 30 of the 30 games he played in two seasons with Pittsburgh, finishing the 2020 season with 48 tackles, nine pass defenses, two tackles for loss, and a fumble recovery. He also had two interceptions, both of them coming against the Eagles when he picked off Carson Wentz twice.
Nelson was acquired by the Steelers via free agency in 2019 after a four-year stint in Kansas City.
Still only 28-years-old, Nelson has been one of the highest-graded cornerbacks in football per Pro Football Focus.
Nelson can flourish when forced to play man coverage, and he’s highly efficient when playing zone, Jonathan Gannon’s strong point as a defensive coordinator.
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