The Philadelphia Eagles would complete a stellar offseason with Nelson.
Unlike the previous two candidates, the Philadelphia Eagles have demonstrated their interest in this veteran cornerback. Jeremy Folwer reported that the Eagles have reached out to Steven Nelson and that he continues to wait for the right fit and opportunity.
The ‘right fit and opportunity’ likely means the right amount of money. Nelson earned $8 million last year and it’s tough to see a scenario where he signs a deal worth significantly less than this mark. This is especially true considering the fact that almost half the league has reached out to him.
The former Pittsburgh Steeler was released after a number of cornerbacks already signed with their new teams so Nelson was behind in the free agency process. This is the main reason that the talented cornerback still remains a free agent.
Obviously, the Eagles would love to bring Nelson to Philadelphia, but money remains an issue. As it currently stands, the Birds have around $8.266 million in cap space according to NFLPA’s latest salary-cap projection. DeVonta Smith and the rest of the rookies’ contracts will only bring that number down.
Steven Nelson has the ability to transform this Eagles defense, but significant cap work needs to be maneuvered in order to bring him to Philadelphia.