The Raiders and Nelson agreed to a two-year contract Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. One of the top free agents remaining on the market, Nelson conveniently fills a need in the Raiders' secondary at free safety, which has been his domain throughout nine campaigns with the Jaguars and Bengals. Overall, he's picked off 30 passes, forced eight fumbles, recovered five fumbles, and recorded 6.5 sacks in 138 career games. Of those 30 interceptions, he notched a career-high eight last season, which is a telling sign for his IDP viability as a 32-year-old defensive back.
Nelson is scheduled to visit the Raiders this week, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Nelson started every game for the Bengals over the past two seasons, registering 77 tackles and a league-best eight interceptions just last year. Although he's slated to turn 33 years old before the upcoming campaign, Nelson's skill and experience would further bolster an Oakland secondary that already added cornerback Sean Smith this offseason.
The Bengals secondary lost both of their coaches, Vance Joseph and Mark Carrier, to other organizations, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Nelson, who left the Bengals' playoff loss to the Steelers with an ankle injury, thrived in 2015 under the two coaches, racking up eight interceptions and 77 tackles.
Nelson has been ruled out of Saturday's Wild Card game against the Steelers due to an ankle injury, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Nelson is the backbone of a staunch secondary, but the free safety won't log another snaps in this game. Joined on the sideline by Dre Kirkpatrick (quad), who is questionable to return, Nelson has yielded his spot in the lineup to Shawn Williams.
Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (biceps) is active for Sunday's regular-season finale agains the Steelers after being listed as probable on the final injury report for Week 17. The Bengals will also have five other probable players active for the game, including guard Clint Boling (illness), kicker Mike Nugent (illness), defensive end Wallace Gilberry (hamstring), linebacker Chris Carter (knee) and cornerback Darqueze Dennard (shin). Four of the team's six questionable players are also active in Week 17, including cornerbacks Adam Jones (illness) and Chris Lewis-Harris (illness), safety Reggie Nelson (illness) and linebacker Emmanuel Lamur (hamstring). Cincinnati is a 3 1/2-point underdog in Pittsburgh in Week 17.
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