The Pittsburgh Steelers are hard up against the salary cap, and as fans discussed what options the team had when talking about freeing up more cap space, cutting players was definitely talked about.
Of the players who could be cap casualties, Steven Nelson was a player who was brought up, but was usually shot down. Nelson, the Steelers’ prized free agent acquisition in 2019, has been a tremendous player since coming over from the team who drafted him, the Kansas City Chiefs.
Cutting Nelson seemed like a long shot, but Nelson not being on the team in 2021 now seems more likely than ever, just not after being cut.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Steelers have reportedly granted Nelson the ability to seek a trade.
Steelers have granted permission to starting CB Steven Nelson to seek a trade, per source. Nelson, who turned 28 in January, has been graded as one of the league’s top cornerbacks in recent seasons by @PFF.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 19, 2021
To say this news has come out of left field might be an understatement. Nelson had not shown any disdain for the organization, at least not publicly. Nonetheless, it is possible the Steelers asked Nelson to alter his contract, and things went south from there.
At this point it is all speculation, but the Steelers could possibly get something for Nelson via trade. It could be in the form of draft picks, or a player in return. You hate to see players leave on bad terms, but if you can get a trade and something in return, it is better than the alternative.
These are just reports, but it is safe to say this is just the tip of the iceberg with this story. With that said, be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they prepare for the rest of Free Agency and the 2021 NFL Draft.