Nelson took to Twitter to suggest that the Steelers should just let him go.
“Making a public announcement is a little out of my character, but you guys made your decision please don’t hold me hostage,” Nelson wrote.
The 28-year-old Nelson is heading into the final year of a three-year, $25.5 million contract he signed with the Steelers in 2019. He has a cap hit of $14.42 million this season under his current deal, but the Steelers would clear $8.25 million off their cap if they trade or release him.
UPDATE 2:05 p.m. ET: The Steelers have released Nelson.