Reggie Nelson to Raiders: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

The Cincinnati Bengals have re-signed many key free agents this offseason, but they just lost one. The Oakland Raiders announced they have signed star safety Reggie Nelson.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the contract is a two-year deal. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported the deal is worth up to $12 million, noting the Bengals "were still in the mix until late."

Despite the fact that Nelson is 32 years old, his 2015 season showed he has plenty of good football left in him. He tied the NFL lead with eight interceptions and defended 14 passes in addition to racking up 77 tackles.

With his big-hitting ability and tremendous ball skills, Nelson is a complete player who was a huge reason why the Bengals ranked second in scoring defense. Now there's a hole in Cincinnati's secondary alongside safety George Iloka.

Meanwhile, Oakland welcomes Nelson to a secondary that has been suspect in recent years.

One of the few bright spots on the back end last year was Charles Woodson, but he retired following the 2015 campaign. Nelson will attempt to fill that void.

With another marquee free agent in cornerback Sean Smith—from the AFC West rival Kansas City Chiefs, no less—Oakland's defensive backfield figures to be formidable in 2016 and beyond.

If there's a silver lining to Nelson's departure, it's that Cincinnati should now have the means necessary to re-sign the rest of its key defensive backs. The Bengals could then address Nelson's position in the draft.

Expectations will continue to be high for the Bengals as they try to snap a five-year streak of one-and-done playoff appearances. The loss of such a crucial player won't reduce the immense pressure on Cincinnati to win.

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