Former Giants Players Cut From Their NFL Teams.


Jessica Botello

Practice run between COS football team

Former Steelers cornerback Steven Nelson, and former Browns defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, have both been cut from their respective NFL teams.

It’s important to note the main reasons for the cuts were due to cap space reasons. Every NFL team has limited cap space, which means, each team has only a certain amount of money to pay all of their players.

Steven Nelson, the former 3rd round pick from Oregon St. after transferring from COS, was on the last year of his three-year deal he signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers only wanted to offer him another one-year deal, while Nelson, who had two interceptions for the AFC North Division winners, wanted a multi-year deal. Due to the discrepancy of the terms, the Steelers released Nelson. Saving around 8$ million in cap space, so he can pursue a multi-year deal elsewhere.

The Cleveland Browns then released defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, the former 1st round pick in 2013 from Missouri after transferring from COS, saving the team around $12 million dollars for the upcoming year. Richardson made the pro bowl in 2014 in only his second year in the league.

This leaves Robert Jackson as the only former COS player on an NFL roster with him being on the Cleveland Browns. Steven Nelson and Sheldon Richardson are sure to find homes for the upcoming season, with the only question being where.