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New Orleans Saints should keep an eye on CB Steven Nelson

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 22: Steven Nelson #22 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on November 22, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 22: Steven Nelson #22 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on November 22, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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The New Orleans Saints are either going to have to sign or draft a cornerback that replaces Janoris Jenkins. With several still on the free agency market, there is hope for the Saints yet. That said, one name to keep in the back of your mind is Steven Nelson.

Nelson started his NFL journey as a third-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

He spent four years with the Kansas City Chiefs before taking his talents to Pittsburgh, where he was a part of one of the top defenses in the NFL. He played two seasons for the Steelers and is now among the top cornerbacks still on the market.

The New Orleans Saints released Janoris Jenkins in the midst of their cap-saving moves, and Steven Nelson could be the player that replaces him.

Since being released, Jenkins went on to signed a deal with the Tennessee Titans. The two teams will meet next season. That said, Jenkins thrived in just over a season with the New Orleans Saints. It’s hopeful his replacement will do the same.

That replacement could be Nelson.

Nelson started 15 games for the Steelers last season. He had two interceptions to go along with 48 combined tackles. He also tallied nine passes defended. Nelson is among the top cornerbacks still on the market.

Nelson and the Steelers had an odd falling out, and he’s yet to make a decision on his next steps. He’s still relatively young as well at just 28. Nelson recorded a career-low 7.7 percent missed tackle rate.

The Saints don’t need a superstar to come in, but they do need a solid, capable No. 2 cornerback.

Nelson, given his performances with Pittsburgh, proved he could be that. While the draft is still a capable option for improvement, the Saints might as well see what it takes to bring in Nelson and then move on to possible Asante Samuel Jr. or Caleb Farley.

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With limited cap space, Nelson may ask too much. But, he might have been willing to take a pay cut with the Steelers, so the amount he needs may not be too over the top.

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