The Broncos have lost one of their own free agents.
Corey Nelson, previously the Broncos’ third inside linebacker and a key special-teams contributor, has agreed to a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, according to NFL sources. Though the Broncos matched the Eagles’ offer, Nelson opted for Philadelphia for the chance to earn a larger role in the Super Bowl champs’ 4-3 defense.
The deal, however, won’t be made official until the league year begins Wednesday at 2 p.m. MT.
The loss of Nelson, a 2014 seventh-round pick, saps the Broncos of depth at the inside backer position in a year when they must also figure out the future of starter Todd Davis. Nelson played in 48 games in his first three years with the Broncos and last year played five games before suffering a season-ending bicep injury. Nelson suffered a tear near his elbow during a practice and was placed on injured reserve in late October. In his shortened season, he played 44 defensive snaps and was in on 115 special-teams plays.
In his four years with the Broncos, Nelson recorded 88 total tackles (58 solo), one sack, six pass-breakups, one fumble recovery and 18 special-teams tackles.
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