Eagles Will be Bringing in LB Corey Nelson
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - The Eagles are bringing in veteran linebacker Corey Nelson on a one-year deal.
Nelson arrives from Denver where he served as a backup LB and a major special-teams contributor.
The Eagles see Nelson, a 2014 seventh-round pick, as a weakside option on defense and a major contributor to most of Dave Fipp's coverage units.
He played in all 16 games during his first three seasons but was limited to five games last season before suffering a biceps tear that ended his season, ironically the exact same ailment that cut short Haloti Ngata's 2017 season, a player who also agreed to terms with the Eagles on Tuesday.
In his first four NFL seasons with Denver, Nelson amassed 88 tackles, a sack, six PBUs, one fumble recovery and 18 special-teams tackles.
He joins a LB corps preparing for the potential loss of Nigel Bradham in free agency. If Bradham does leave, Jordan Hicks, who is returning from an Achilles injury, and Mychal Kendricks are penciled in as the team's three-down linebackers with Kamu Grugier-Hill, Joe Walker and Nate Gerry currently in reserve.
Along with Bradham, veteran ST contributor Najee Goode and late-season addition Dannell Ellerbe are also free agents.
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