Former Pittsburgh Steelers’ cornerback Steven Nelson will remain in the Keystone State. He’ll just be playing for Team Wawa instead of Team Sheetz. The Eagles announced the move moments ago.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) July 25, 2021
Nelson has signed a one-year deal worth “more than” $4 million, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.
Eagles have signed cornerback Steven Nelson to a one-year deal worth more than $4 million, per source. A top free agent cornerback is off the market.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) July 25, 2021
Nelson was released in a cost-cutting move early in the offseason. That came after several days of the Steelers trying and failing to find a trade partner. Nelson publicly called out the team to cut him, and they did so hours later.
Signed to a three-year, $25.5 million deal prior to 2019, Nelson played well as the Steelers’ starting right cornerback. He wasn’t a ballhawk but was a strong, man-cover corner who didn’t allow a touchdown in 2020 before regressing a bit last season. In two years with Pittsburgh, Nelson started 30 games, recording 109 tackles and three interceptions.
The Steelers re-signed Cam Sutton as his presumptive replacement, though the team is still figuring out sub-package roles.
Pittsburgh won’t play the Eagles in the regular season after facing them in 2020. They do, however, have a preseason matchup on August 12th.