With Philadelphia Eagles training camp slated to start later this week, the team has filled one major roster hole.
According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Philadelphia has signed veteran cornerback Steven Nelson to a one-year deal worth north of $4 million.
A surprise release of the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier this offseason, the 28-year-old Nelson has been among the most-underrated and consistent cover guys over the years.
Throughout the past three seasons, he’s started 46 of a possible 48 games — recording a combined 153 tackles, 32 passes defended and seven interceptions. According to Pro Football Focus, Nelson has posted the 11th-best grade among NFL cornerbacks since 2019.
Coming off a 2020 season in which they yielded an opposing 102.4 quarterback rating, this was a priority for the Eagles. Below, we look at three more moves Philadelphia should make before its Week 1 outing against the Atlanta Falcons.
Philadelphia Eagles trade Zach Ertz
Rumors about a potential trade of this three-time Pro Bowl tight end have existed since the winter. Ertz, 30, is set to count $12.72 million against the cap in 2021. He saw a major downtick in production last season and has been angling for an extension.
After signing Nelson, it makes sense from a salary cap perspective for the Eagles to trade Ertz here soon. Unfortunately, Philadelphia’s brass has been demanding too much in return for the veteran tight end. It might now be time for front office head Howie Roseman to bite the bullet and move Ertz for a mid-to-late round pick.