The Pittsburgh Steelers don’t precisely have the best monitor document when it come to drafting defensive backs below head coach Mike Tomlin. Cameron Sutton was the primary defensive again the crew had signed to a second contract since Cortez Allen, the one different defensive again drafted by Tomlin—along with William Homosexual—to take action. And Homosexual left first earlier than coming again.
They appeared to search out another resolution by buying expertise elsewhere. They signed Joe Haden as a road free agent in August of 2017 as a result of that they had cash burning a gap of their pocket. Mike Hilton emerged as a diamond within the tough within the meantime. Two years later, they’d signal Steven Nelson in free company and commerce for Minkah Fitzpatrick.
Every little thing involves an finish finally, however it seems like this band is breaking apart ahead of anticipated, because the studies are that the Steelers need to commerce Nelson, upon the participant’s request. It’s not clear why, however it doubtless has to do with cash (a shocker, I do know).
Nelson retweeted posts alluding to the commerce request and about his being one of many high gamers who had been obtainable. A few days earlier, he posted a cryptic message on the eve of the beginning of the brand new league yr—and thus the official begin of free company—saying simply, “second of fact”.
Because the information, many have concluded that it should be in reference to behind-the-scenes developments that led to his commerce. Final night time, he posted a much less cryptic message. “BLESSING IN DISGUISE”, he wrote—clearly, in capital letters.
‘Blessing in disguise’, after all, is a phrase used to confer with one thing through which one thing good comes out of one thing that no less than on the floor seems to be unhealthy. There are not any indications wherever that Nelson was in any method sad with the Steelers, and actually often talked concerning the crew as a rising unit over which he took accountability.
It is going to be attention-grabbing to see if we ever really study extra particulars about what led us to this second, despite the fact that we are able to clearly speculate that it has to do with cash. Like Haden, he most likely hoped to get an extension and a pay increase this yr. Nevertheless it’s laborious to see Pittsburgh being in that place.
The Steelers initially signed Haden to a three-year, $27 million contract in 2017, paying him $9 million APY. Heading into the 2019 season, they gave him a two-year extension on high of that which added $22 million in new cash, for a new-money APY of $11 million.
Nelson signed a three-year deal in 2019 value $25.5 million, an APY of $8.5 million. Since then, he has put in two very stable, robust seasons even, for the Steelers. Underneath peculiar stances, the crew would absolutely be trying to give him an identical extension later this offseason, however we’re not dwelling below peculiar circumstances—or an peculiar cap.