The Pittsburgh Steelers announced that they’ve officially released veteran CB Steven Nelson on Tuesday.
This comes less than an hour after Nelson asked the team to grant him his release:
Making a public announcement is a little out of my character, but you guys made your decision please don’t hold me hostage #dontholdmeback
— Steve Nelson (@Nelson_Island) March 23, 2021
Nelson was granted permission to seek out a trade to another team in recent days, but it appears no offers were out there for him.
Nelson, 28, is a former third-round pick of the Chiefs back in 2015. He finished his four-year, $2.902 million rookie contract with the Chiefs before signing a three-year, $25 million contract with the Steelers in 2019.
Nelson is owed a base salary of $8,250,000 for the 2021 season.
According to OverTheCap.com, releasing Nelson will free up $8,250,000 of available cap space while creating $6,170,000 in dead money.
In 2020, Nelson appeared in 15 games for the Steelers and recorded 48 tackles, two interceptions, a fumble recovery and nine passes defended.