Texans Ink Veteran CB Steven Nelson to 2-Year Contract

Steven Nelson with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2019
Steven Nelson with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2019. Photo by Jason Pohuski/CSM/Shutterstock (10364325ga)

The Houston Texans have addressed their secondary struggles on Wednesday by signing free-agent cornerback Steven Nelson. According to reports, Nelson signed a two-year deal with the franchise.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reports that Nelson is set to earn $10 million over the next two years.

The Texans reportedly tried to get Nelson on board when he was a free agent last offseason, but the Oregon State product opted for Philadelphia Eagles. He started 16 games and made 50 tackles while adding one interception and seven passes defended.

Nelson fills a key position of need for the Texans, considering their corner group struggled all season long in 2021. Still, general manager Nick Caserio isn’t expected to stop there. Houston has four picks in the first two rounds of the 2022 NFL Draft, and many mock drafts predict that Caserio will take a cornerback with at least one of those picks.

Steven Nelson started his pro career with the Kansas City Chiefs, where he played between 2015 and 2018. He then spent two seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers before landing with the Eagles. Nelson’s career stats in the NFL include 341 tackles, eight interceptions, 59 passes defended, and one forced fumble.