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March 13, 2018

Report: Eagles are set to sign LB Corey Nelson

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Corey Nelson may get a shot at the Eagles' third linebacker spot.

According to Josina Anderson of ESPN, the Eagles are set to sign free agent linebacker Corey Nelson (26 in April), who formerly played with the Denver Broncos.

Nelson is a former seventh-round pick in 2014 out of Oklahoma. He appeared in all 16 games for the Broncos in 2014, 2015, and 2016, starting five games in 2016. Interestingly, like the Eagles' other reported free agent signing, Haloti Ngata, Nelson's 2017 season was cut short after five games due to a bicep tear.

Nelson is undersized at 6'1, 226, but he has good speed. In 2016, he had 67 tackles and 5 pass breakups. 

According to an interesting tweet by Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post, Nelson signed in Philly over Denver to take on a "larger role."

The Eagles are not expected to re-sign starting linebacker Nigel Bradham, so it's possible that the Eagles indicated to Nelson that he will have a shot at the third linebacker spot alongside Jordan Hicks and Mychal Kendricks.


MORE ON THE EAGLES: Eagles release veteran tight end Brent Celek, clear more cap space | Eagles free agent DT Beau Allen says goodbye to Philadelphia | Report: Eagles to lose TE Trey Burton to the Bears | Report: Eagles to sign DT Haloti Ngata | Report: Eagles restructure Lane Johnson's contract, free up significant cap space | Eagles free agency updates: Market for Nigel Bradham set; one less potential Nick Foles suitor


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