Free agency hasn’t even officially started yet and it’s been a really busy day.
Now, the Eagles are going to sign former Broncos linebacker Corey Nelson to a one-year deal on Wednesday, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia.
The deal, which was first reported by ESPN, is worth $2.25 million according to NFL Network.
While Nelson was primarily a special teamer in Denver, the Eagles think he could become a serious contributor on defense. After being selected in the seventh round in 2014, Nelson played in 53 games over the last four seasons with 62 total tackles and one sack.
His 2017 season was cut short after five games because of a biceps injury. He played just 44 defensive snaps this past season.
But apparently he was well thought of by coaches. Take this quote from the Denver Post from Broncos head coach Vance Joseph before the injury:
“Corey is on the lines with (CB Bradley) Roby. He’s our third inside linebacker — our starting dime player in sub (packages). In my opinion, Corey is a starter. On most teams, Corey would be a starter. If he had to play for us, I would have no problem with Corey being a starter for us. He has a huge role for us on defense. He’s a full core (special-teams) player. … He’s a valuable part of our team.”
The Eagles have been preparing for the loss of starter Nigel Bradham in free agency. After playing out his two-year contract with the Birds, Bradham is set to become a free agent on Wednesday. That leaves the Eagles with Mychal Kendricks and Jordan Hicks coming off a Achilles tear without much else behind them.
If nothing more, Nelson will provide some extra depth.