Former steelman Steven Nelson’s ‘hostage’ signs with the Texans

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Pittsburgh Steelers fullback Steven Nelson cushions the ball off of Willie Snead of the Baltimore Ravens on October 6, 2019 at Heinz Field.

Former Pittsburgh Steelers full-back Steven Nelson was once considered the team’s most underrated player, but that’s not how most fans remember him. In March 2021, the Steelers terminated his contract less than an hour after he pleaded with the team not to take him “hostage”, a reference to a phrase often used by head coach Mike Tomlin. , who in recent years has been known to say: “We cannot do this with hostages. We need volunteers.”

On Wednesday, April 13, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler pointed out that Houston Texans are signing Nelson with a two-year contract worth a total of 10 million dollars, a contract was also signed reported by Brooks Kubena by the Houston Chronicle.

That’s actually a huge jump in compensation compared to what Nelson earns in 2021, after signing a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles that paid him $4 million in salary, according to

He started 16 games for the Eagles, during which time he was responsible for 50 tackles (34 solos), plus seven defensive passes and one interception.

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The Texans Are Steven Nelson’s Fourth NFL Team

Nelson, 29, joined the NFL as a Kansas City Captain’s third-round pick in 2015, after playing his college football at Oregon State. He spent the first four years of his career with the Chiefs, scoring four interceptions in 52 games (with 38 starts), playing so well that the Steelers awarded him a three-year, 25-year deal. $0.5 million, one of the richest deals awarded for a free agent buyout in team history. Nelson went on to start for two years at right-back, partnering with right-back Joe Haden in what Nelson describes as a ‘Batman and Robin’ type of partnership.

Although Nelson has been productive in the 30 games that started in Pittsburgh, the Steelers feel compelled to release him while he still has a year left on his contract. Nelson later described himself as a “limited victim,” as the move allowed the Steelers to save his $8.25 million salary, vital funds in a year where the salary cap was reduced. $182.5 million left. (This compares with the more than $200 million projected in 2021 before the pandemic hit.)

Three weeks ago, former Steelers cornerback Mike Hilton encouraged Nelson to join him in Cincinnati, after leaving the Steelers for free in March 2021, signing a four-year, valuable deal. $24 million with the Bengals. However, Nelson attracts the Texans, who are in dire need of a proven, veteran full-back.

The Steelers are getting younger in the dark

Meanwhile, the Steelers look set to move on from longtime CB1 Joe Haden, 33, who remains an unrestricted freelance agent.

In March 2022, the team signed former Buffalo Bills player Levi Wallace, 26, to a two-year, $8 million deal, after which Wallace said he chose Pittsburgh after received a “sign from God”. That addition followed after the team re-signed deep corner defender Arthur Maulet. Additionally, the Steelers have since upgraded again with 27-year-old Ahkello Witherspoon, who was acquired in a transaction with the Seattle Seahawks in September 2021. Pittsburgh will send Seattle their fifth round pick in the Project NFL draft in 2023.

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