Ranking former Eagles who are having difficulty finding new teams

DeSean Jackson #1 (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
DeSean Jackson #1 (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /
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Steven Nelson #3, Philadelphia Eagles
Steven Nelson #3, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

2. player. 54. . . . Steven Nelson

Two Eagles starters from the 2021-2022 NFL season top this list.

The Philadelphia Eagles, needing to add help at cornerback a year ago, went the route of drafting one in the fourth round of 2021’s NFL Draft (Zech McPhearson). They signed Steven Nelson on July 25th and shuffled in a few more bodies during the season in an attempt to find some closure and a battle plan for this unit for years to come.

Eight months after signing Nelson, the Eagles are back in the same position. They still need a starting cornerback opposite of Darius Slay. There’s hope that they’ll draft one in the coming selection meeting, and there’s the possibility that, if they don’t find satisfaction there, they could sign Steven at a discounted rate sometime down the road.

Steven Nelson has never made a Pro Bowl and probably never will, but for all intents and purposes, he’s a much better player than every other corner on this Eagles team not named Darius Slay or Avonte Maddox.

That isn’t meant to slight the young prospects on the squad, but right now, Nelson is more prepared to start a game than any of those guys are.