Pittsburgh Steelers terminate cornerback Steven Nelson’s contract after Twitter comment

Jan 3, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin talks with cornerback Steven Nelson (22) during the first quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers terminated the contract of cornerback Steven Nelson on Tuesday.

The move came shortly after Nelson posted on social media that the Steelers were holding him “hostage.”

“Making a public announcement is a little out of my character, but you guys made your decision please don’t hold me hostage #dontholdmeback,” he wrote on Twitter.

Nelson, 28, was entering the final season of a three-year, $25.5 million contract he signed in March 2019. Releasing him clears $8.25 million in salary cap space for the Steelers.

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Pittsburgh reportedly gave him permission to seek a trade last week. He now becomes a free agent.

Nelson started 15 games in 2020 and posted 48 tackles, two interceptions and nine passes defensed.

A third-round pick by Kansas City in 2015, he has 291 tackles, seven interceptions and 52 passes defensed in 82 career games (68 starts) with the Chiefs (2015-18) and Steelers.

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