The Eagles have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with CB Steven Nelson. The veteran cornerback brings six years of experience to a secondary that desperately needed talent next to number one corner, Darius Slay.
Nelson has played in 82 career games (68 career starts) and has amassed 7 career interceptions along with 52 pass breakups.
The 28-year-old is a smart, savy, and competitive corner who wins with technique and coverage ability.
Nelson also isn’t afraid to get physical in run support, evidenced by his 253 career solo tackles.
Nelson is coming off three straight seasons where he’s recorded at least one interception and eight passes defensed.
Since 2019, Nelson has recorded a 78.1 PFF grade, which is tied for 11th-best among all corners in the NFL.
For the Eagles, this is a move that solidifies the cornerback position and gives the players in that room defined roles.
Darius Slay can shadow opposing teams number one receivers.
Nelson can effectively defend number two receivers.
Avonte Maddox, Zech McPhearson, or Josiah Scott can handle the nickel cornerback duties.
Nelson fits the bill for what defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon wants for his secondary – players that are physical, smart, and have the ability to take the ball away from the other team.
Nelson joins a defense that has seen the additions of several veteran pieces – DE Ryan Kerrigan, LB Eric Wilson, S Anthony Harris, S Andrew Adams, CBs Joshia Scott, Shakial Taylor, and Nate Meadors.