By Michael Lipinski, Sports Talk Philly Contributor
Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Steven Nelson was set to become $375,000 richer by playing in last Saturday’s game against Dallas. The week 18 matchup would’ve triggered a contract clause giving Nelson a bonus but he was made a healthy scratch. No play, no money. It’s one of the nasty sides of the NFL contract game except the Eagles didn’t play into it.
Per ESPN's Field Yates, knowing that they were going to make Nelson a healthy scratch, the Eagles quietly slid Nelson a $375,000 signing bonus to make up for the “missed” incentive. That’s one way for an organization to build loyalty with their players.
Eagles CB Steven Nelson was made a healthy scratch in Week 18, a move that prevented him from reaching a 90% play-time incentive worth $375K.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) January 13, 2022
The day before the game, Philly gave him a $375K signing bonus to make up for that missed incentive. Very good on the Eagles for that.
Nelson, who was signed as a free agent this past offseason, has quietly been one of the Eagles better defensive players. He’s accumulated 47-tackes, seven passes defensed, and one interception on the season.