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Report: Eagles to sign former Broncos linebacker Corey Nelson

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The Denver Broncos matched an offer the Philadelphia Eagles made to linebacker Corey Nelson, but he opted to move on.

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The Denver Broncos reserve linebacker and special teams ace, Corey Nelson, has opted to sign a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles rather than remain with the Broncos. The decision to go with the Eagles came down to Nelson’s desire to have a larger role on the team than what the Broncos were offering.

Nelson was a seventh-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and had seen his role gradually increase in that time from deep on the depth chart to a major contributor on special teams to a regular on the field defender. He amassed over 100 tackles in four seasons in those various roles.

This will likely trigger an aggressive move by the Broncos to retain Todd Davis, who was a solid two-down run stuffer in 2017. According to Mike Klis of 9News, the Broncos are expected to step up and try to re-sign Davis before he hits free agency.

Update: The Broncos have made an offer according to Klis.

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