Nicholas Eason (born May 29, 1980) is an American football defensive end who played 11 seasons in the National Football League and who is currently the defensive line coach for the Cincinnati Bengals. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the fourth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at Clemson.
|Position:||Defensive line coach|
|Born:||May 29, 1980|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||305 lb (138 kg)|
|High school:||Lyons (GA) Toombs Co.|
|NFL Draft:||2003 / Round: 4 / Pick: 114|
|Career highlights and awards|
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Eason played college football at Clemson. He played in 47 games starting in 35 and finished his career with 153 tackles and 15 sacks. He graduated from Clemson in August 2001 with a degree in sociology and is currently working on his master's degree in Human Resource Development.
Eason was originally drafted in the 4th round (114th overall) of the 2003 draft by the Denver Broncos. His first season was ended by an Achilles injury. In 2004, he was allocated to NFL Europe and played for the Scottish Claymores. On returning, he spent some time on the practice squad before being waived on September 24, 2004.
Eason was signed by the Cleveland Browns on 11 November 2004 and played in one game recording two tackles. The 2005 season was his first full season with the Browns and he played in 16 games recording 19 tackles and a career high two sacks. In 2006, Eason recorded 23 tackles from 13 games.
Eason signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an unrestricted free agent on April 16, 2007. In his first season with the team, he played in all 16 games and recorded 14 tackles. In 2008, the Steelers resigned Eason to a 2-year contract.
Eason was released on October 3, 2009 after the Steelers signed Isaac Redman from their practice squad, then re-signed when Redman was waived on October 5. Eason was promoted to the main roster and started in place of the injured defensive end Brett Keisel. In week 17, the final game of the regular season, he had 4 tackles (including a critical tackle for a 3-yard loss on Ricky Williams) against the Dolphins.
Eason was signed by the Arizona Cardinals on July 29, 2011.
On, February 26, 2019 Eason was hired by the Bengals as a defensive line coach.