When the subject of the Pittsburgh Steelers buying and selling or releasing cornerback Steven Nelson, it got here as one thing of a shock. Nelson had been the crew’s finest boundary cornerback the final two seasons and within the prime of his profession. However the information got here down on Tuesday that the Steelers did opt to release Nelson, releasing up $8.25 million in salary-cap area.
There’s going to be loads of finger-pointing and hypothesis about why this occurred and who’s responsible. There’s been discuss this was accomplished with a view to re-sign large receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. Or that it was in response to the Steelers making an attempt to get Nelson to re-structure his contract and he felt like his worth was too nice to be part of the Steelers cost-cutting plan technique.
If I had been a betting man and that is nothing however hypothesis on my half, I believe it had way more to do with the second concept than the primary. This was a monetary determination initially however not with an eye fixed on Smith-Schuster’s contract. Smith-Schuster’s 2021 cap hit didn’t necessitate this transfer.
However for either side concerned, this was simply enterprise. Nelson is now free to go play in whichever crew pays him probably the most and the Steelers can now use that cash to attempt to construct a aggressive crew with out him. The franchise desires to win and the participant desires to make cash.