The Eagles were excited to have the opportunity to pry LB Corey Nelson away from the Denver Broncos this offseason. Now they might be second-guessing themselves as he has not impressed his new squad.
Nelson came in on a one-year deal worth $1.6 million in hopes of staying healthy and proving he belonged in the NFL. Known for his pass coverage, the Broncos may have seen his decline coming after placing him on IR last season with torn biceps.
Through 3 preseason games, Nelson has seen a decent amount of snaps but has not put up production to go with it. With 54 defensive snaps and 38 on special team (92 total), Nelson has recorded just 3 total tackles. Last week, Nelson saw the field for just 8 plays on defense after 26 the week before.
It looks like the veteran is beginning to fall out of favor with Defensive Coordinator Jim Schwartz as Nate Gerry and Kamu Grugier-Hill are ahead of him on the virtual preseason depth chart. The only hope of hanging on with the team is by impressing in the finale.
As reported earlier, the Eagles would save $1 million in cap space and likely gain a 2019 6th-round compensation draft pick if they decide to cut him.
More to come…