LB - FA
Week 17 Outlook
Corey Nelson's stint in Philadelphia was a brief one as the Eagles released the 26-year-old linebacker five months after signing him in free agency from the Broncos. Nelson was expected to compete for the team's starting weak-side linebacker spot but never mounted a serious run at that job.
Nelson fared well as a reserve in Denver for his first three seasons before playing just 44 snaps in five games during the 2017 season. He'll keep his $600,000 signing bonus from the Eagles and likely draw attention as linebacker depth, perhaps back in Denver.
Linebacker Corey Nelson was released by the Eagles Sunday.
When the Eagles signed Nelson to a one-year, $2.25 million contract in the offseason, the hope was he would fill the starting job vacated by the release of Mychal Kendricks. Clearly, it hasn’t worked out that way. The emergence of Nate Gerry and Kamu Grugier-Hill made it possible to move on from Nelson.
Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Corey Nelson, who signed a one-year, $2.25 million contract in May after spending four seasons with the Denver Broncos, is primed to compete for the starting spot as the weakside linebacker.
Nelson is one of a handful of Eagles linebackers ready to take the spot of released veteran Mychal Kendricks. “I just kind of want to break the mold of me being a second-string linebacker,” Nelson said. The linebacker tore his biceps muscle in October 2017 and ended the season on injured reserve. He accumulated 68 total tackles in 2016.