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Steven Nelson Calls Out Steelers Following Release

Devon Platana
Steven Nelson Calls Out Steelers Following Release
Steven Nelson Calls Out Steelers Following Release / Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images

Things looked promising for the Pittsburgh Steelers last season. They started off 11-0, but went 1-4 in their last five regular-season games. They were then eliminated by the Cleveland Browns in their sole playoff game.

Things didn't get better for the Steelers in the offseason as their salary cap situation was a mess, to say the least. Contracts had to be restructured and other moves had to be made to get the team in a better cap position. One of those moves was releasing cornerback Steven Nelson back in mid-March.

Mark Kaboly, a Steelers writer for the Athletic, reported that Nelson went onto SiriusXM NFL Radio to talk about his release. According to Kaboly, Nelson thought he outplayed his contract and deserved an extension that could've helped with the cap space. Reportedly, the Steelers disagree and told Nelson to seek a trade before releasing him.

Kaboly went on to add that Nelson had the following to say: "I want to may it very clear ... there was never a discussion of me taking a pay cut. I was never even given that opportunity to take a pay cut."

Kaboly is also reporting that Nelson said there are 10-15 teams contacting him about his services.

Nelson went on to allude that he was the best Steelers cornerback last season and not Cameron Sutton. "No knock on Cam but I’m the best, was best corner on that team," Nelson said in his radio interview. "This is simply called a cap casualty situation."

Obviously, this could be one of the times when we'll never know 100% of the details of the story. At the end of the day, one thing is certain: Nelson is a cap casualty. The Steelers cutting him saved the organization $8.25 million heading into 2021.

Of course, that's not to say that Nelson won't be worth that money on another team. He had 2 interceptions and 9 defended passes in 2020. In total, Nelson saw 76 targets, allowing receptions on 43 of them. PFF also gave him an overall grade of 67.1, which is pretty average for a cornerback.

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