The Philadelphia Eagles added secondary depth by signing free-agent cornerback Steven Nelson to a one-year contract on Sunday. While originally the details of the deal were unknown, NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reported on Monday that the base salary of the contract is $2.5 million. However, including incentives, Nelson has a shot at earning up to $4.125 million.
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After going 4-11-1 last season, it was clear that the Eagles needed to make a lot of changes this offseason, which includes improving their secondary. Philadelphia gave up 237.4 passing yards per game (14th) in 2020 while also allowing opponents to complete 68.68% of their passes — the fifth-highest total in the league. With Darius Slay and Avante Maddox being the Eagles' only legitimate cornerbacks, signing a player like Nelson was a must.
After spending the first four years of his career with the Kansas City Chiefs, Nelson has spent the past two with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He started in all 15 games that he played in last year, finishing with 48 total tackles, 9 passes defended and 2 interceptions.
Regardless of how much his signing helps the team, Nelson and the rest of the Eagles secondary have a lot to do before Philadelphia even think about sniffing a championship run next season. The Eagles have +8500 odds to win Super Bowl 56, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, which ranks 27th across the NFL.
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