The Pittsburgh Steelers have reportedly given cornerback Steven Nelson permission to seek a trade. His contract is up at the end of next season, and he's surely seeking a long-term deal that Pittsburgh can't afford given its salary cap situation.
There should be no shortage of suitors for Nelson, who has been excellent in recent years. In fact, ProFootballFocus had him as the league's seventh-highest graded CB back in 2019, and he's PFF's 11th-highest-graded corner over the past two years.
Here are the three most likely trade destinations for Nelson.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jacksonville Jaguars have the most money in the NFL right now, according to Spotrac. They've also clearly prioritized the secondary in free agency, inking Shaquil Griffin to a three-year deal. Put Nelson on the Jaguars, and Jacksonville would suddenly have a dynamic trio at CB with first-round pick C.J. Henderson, Nelson and Griffin. That would shore up the secondary in a hurry.
2. New York Jets
Another team with money to burn and a need in the secondary, Nelson would be a great fit with the New York Jets. He'd step in and instantly be the best CB on the roster. And if New York is serious about making a run at him, the Jets have more than enough draft capital to put together an enticing trade package.
1. Los Angeles Chargers
With a few savvy moves, the Los Angeles Chargers could be legitimate contenders next season. Addressing an inconsistent group of CBs would make a ton of sense, and it's not hard to envision Nelson shining in Brandon Staley's defense. With tons of cap space and draft capital, the Chargers have more than enough resources to make a run at the Steelers' CB.
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