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3 Most Likely Steven Nelson Free-Agent Destinations Following 2021 NFL Draft

By Larry Rupp
May 4, 2021, 5:47 PM EDT
Three of the most likely free agent destinations for NFL cornerback Steven Nelson following the 2021 NFL Draft.
Three of the most likely free agent destinations for NFL cornerback Steven Nelson following the 2021 NFL Draft. | Michael Reaves/Getty Images
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The 2021 NFL Draft is officially in the books and that means free agency should start to heat up once again. Steven Nelson is one of the best cornerbacks left on the market after being released by the Pittsburgh Steelers to save some cap space. He should draw a lot of interest from NFL teams.

At 28 years old, Nelson is in his prime and could be a difference maker in the league next season. With that being said, here are three of the most likely free agent destinations for Nelson.

Steven Nelson Free Agent Destinations

1. Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears have thrived off of having a solid defense for the last few seasons. However, they head into 2021 lacking depth in the secondary. They released starter Kyle Fuller due to cap space issues this offseason and did not draft a cornerback until the sixth round this past weekend. Nelson could be a great option here given his six years of NFL experience. Pairing him with second-year starter Jaylon Johnson would give the Bears a reliable duo to count on when defending the talented receivers of the NFC North.

2. Dallas Cowboys

It is no secret that the Dallas Cowboys struggled on defense last season. They gave up 11.1 yards per completion (T-No. 25 in NFL) as well as 2.1 passing touchdowns per game (T-No. 27 in NFL). They need someone they can rely on to line up alongside starter Trevon Diggs and make some plays. Nelson has racked up at least 8 pass breakups and 48 tackles in each of the last three seasons. Signing him would instantly improve this Cowboys secondary and give them a better shot in the NFC East.

3. New York Jets

Nelson should be a target for the New York Jets moving forward due to the lack of experience the team currently has at the position. Expected starting cornerbacks Bless Austin and Bryce Hall have made just 23 combined NFL starts. Nelson has made 68 starts by himself. He knows what it takes to get the job done and could be a great mentor for the young players on the Jets. Plus, the Jets did not take a cornerback in the draft until the fifth round, so the need at the position theoretically still remains.

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Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel. 

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