The Philadelphia Eagles solved their CB2 problem in a huge way, signing Steven Nelson to a one-year contract Sunday. Nelson signs with the team just days before training camp is set to begin at the NovaCare Complex, becoming the starting cornerback opposite Darius Slay the team desperately needed.
Prior to the Nelson signing, the Eagles were going into camp with Avonte Maddox and rookie fourth-round pick Zech McPhearson competing for the starting outside cornerback job. With Nelson in the fold, Maddox is the favorite to emerge as the slot cornerback (a better fit for him) while McPhearson provides valuable depth in the slot behind Maddox or as a third outside cornerback. Maddox could also provide depth on the outside if the Eagles choose to go McPhearson as their slot cornerback.
The Eagles head into training camp with a projected starting secondary of Slay and Nelson at cornerback with Anthony Harris and Rodney McLeod at safety.