The cornerback position was one position that seemed like the Buffalo Bills would absolutely address this offseason, either in free agency or the NFL Draft. After only bringing back Levi Wallace and then drafting Rachad Wildgoose in the sixth round, this is probably still one of the top needs for the Bills.
However, it appears that general manager Brandon Beane is still looking to address it and according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler the Bills are interested in free agent Steven Nelson. If they hope to sign him though, they will be competing with close to half the league as Fowler notes the Bills are one of 14 teams that Nelson has heard from.
This isn’t too surprising as Steven Nelson is probably the best cornerback left in free agency and he appears to have his choice of where he feels is the best fit for him. He is different then some of the other cornerbacks still in free agency in that he is 28 years old and still playing some of his best football, compared to say Richard Sherman who is towards the end of his career.
Nelson was a third round pick by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2015 and played four seasons for the Chiefs. He then joined the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2019 and has played the last two seasons for them. In his career, he has 68 starts and seven total interceptions, including a career-high four in 2018.
If the Buffalo Bills were to sign Steven Nelson, he would likely step in as the favorite to start outside opposite Tre’Davious White. The issue may come down to money though as the Bills are limited in cap space this year but of the teams listed by Jeremy Fowler, the Bills are the closest to the Super Bowl. This would have to be part of the pitch to Steven Nelson that he could step in and be a starter on a Super Bowl-caliber team.