Texans signing Steven Nelson

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Earlier this week, head coach Lovie Smith made it clear that the Texans had to upgrade their cornerbacks.

Now the team has addressed the position by bringing in a veteran starter.

According to multiple reports, Houston is signing Steven Nelson to a two-year, $10 million deal.

Nelson spent the 2021 season with the Eagles, starting 16 games. He recorded 50 total tackles with an interception and seven passes defensed.

Originally a third-round pick in the 2015 draft, Nelson played his first four years with Kansas City. He then started 30 games for the Steelers between the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

In all, Nelson has appeared in 98 games with 84 starts. He’s picked off eight career passes with 59 passes defensed.

Nelson joins a group of cornerbacks that includes Desmond King, Isaac Yiadom, M.J. StewartLonnie Johnson Jr., Tavierre ThomasTremon Smith, and Jimmy Moreland. Houston added Yiadom and Stewart on the open market and brought back King.

5 responses to “Texans signing Steven Nelson

  1. This is no upgrade. QB’s completed 67% of their passes for a 108.4 QB rating last year against this guy.

  2. As an Eagles fan, I’m somewhat disappointed they wouldn’t match that contract to keep him in town.

    It’s been a very long time since they had two starting-caliber corners at the same time, and it was nice to see last year (at least when Gannon wasn’t dropping them back in soft zone coverage nonstop).

    I suppose on the other hand, if Gannon is going to call defense like that, it doesn’t matter who the DBs are: they should invest the cap dollars elsewhere.

  3. Nelson appeared to have lost a step the year before he came to Philly and his play in midnight green did nothing to dispel that notion.

    But if Lovie’s better at utilizing specific player skill sets than Jonathan Gannon — and I don’t know that he is — then don’t be surprised if Nelson looks better this year than he did last year.

  4. This guy is one of the league’s worst CBs. That’s why Pitt signed him a couple years ago.


  5. I don’t see this addition as “addressing the position”, but let’s hope the CB play makes a huge leap this year.

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