The Steelers secondary got a boost when the team signed unrestricted free agent cornerback Steven Nelson to a three-year deal that will keep him in black and gold through the 2021 season. Nelson played the first four years of his career with the Kansas City Chiefs, starting all 16 regular season games in 2018 and the two postseason games.
“We are very happy to add Steven Nelson to the Pittsburgh Steelers with a three-year contract,” Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert said. “We look forward to Steven joining the defensive backfield as we begin our preparations for the upcoming 2019 season.”
Nelson had his best season in 2018 with a career-high 68 tackles, 58 of them solo hits, and four interceptions, which he returned for a combined 58 yards. He also added 15 passes defensed.
Nelson, who was selected by the Chiefs in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft, the 98th pick overall, has played in 52 games, starting 38. He has 174 tackles, 150 of them solo stops, 35 passes defensed, four interceptions, eight tackles for a loss, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble.
Nelson, who played collegiately at Oregon State, will be added to a mix at corner that includes Joe Haden, Artie Burns, Brian Allen, Mike Hilton, Cameron Sutton and Herb Waters. Coty Sensabaugh, who started eight games last year after splitting time with Burns, is an unrestricted free agent.
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