Nelson re-signed with the Raiders on Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Nelson was likely brought back in order to help teach defensive coordinator Paul Guenther's system. The 34-year-old has had stints with the Jaguars and Bengals in his 11 year career, and will now be entering his third season with the Raiders. He figures to provide depth in the secondary to go along with his mentoring role.
Nelson racked up 89 tackles (60 solo), five passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one interception in 16 games during his 2017 campaign.
Nelson tied starting middle linebacker NaVorro Bowman for the Raiders' team lead in tackles with 89, though the former appeared in six more games with Oakland throughout the 2017 regular season. Nelson, who will turn 35 years old in September of 2018, is slated to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason. There's a solid chance the Raiders elect to move on from the aging veteran as his abilities in pass coverage continue to regress.
Nelson (illness) is active for Sunday's game against the Chargers.
A late addition to the Raiders' injury report Saturday, Nelson apparently made enough progress in his recovery from the ailment overnight to gain clearance for the regular-season finale. With 82 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble across 15 games this season, Nelson has been able to keep himself on the radar in IDP settings.
Nelson is questionable to play Sunday against the Chargers due to an illness, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
Nelson was a late addition to the injury report Saturday. The Raiders co-captain has 82 tackles this season, his most since 2014, but has just one interception after picking off 13 over the past two seasons.
Nelson logged six tackles (all solo), three passes defensed, one interception and a forced fumble during Monday's loss to the Eagles.
Nelson was finally able to force his first turnover of the season in a pivotal moment during the fourth quarter of Monday's contest, but the Raiders' offense was ultimately unable to capitalize on Nelson's takeaway. Nelson has increased his tackle total from last season, but the 34-year-old safety has regressed in both passes defensed and interceptions.
|3||9/23/18||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|5||10/7/18||@ LAC||4:05 pm|
|Bye: Week 7|
|9||11/1/18||@ SF||8:20 pm|
|11||11/18/18||@ ARI||4:05 pm|
|12||11/25/18||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|