Free agent CB Bashaud Breeland is visiting the Colts today and scheduled to visit the Cardinals tomorrow, a source said. His foot issue is healed and he’s expected to be able to pass all medical tests. He had been one of the top corners on the market in March.— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) May 16, 2018
As stated above, Breeland had signed a 3-year, $24-million deal with the Carolina Panthers before failing his physical due to a non-football related foot injury, which nullified his contract.
A fourth-round pick from the 2014 NFL Draft, the 26-year-old has played in 14 or more games since he entered the league. Since his arrival in the nation’s capital four years ago, he has recorded 8 interceptions, 59 pass deflections and 215 tackles.
In 2017, Breeland posted an overall Pro Football Focus grade of 79.0, which ranks 54th among cornerbacks and his coverage grade of 80.1 ranks 47th.
Both of those ratings would be the highest numbers posted by any cornerback in 2017 that is currently on the Colts depth chart.
Combine that with the fact that Breeland was ranked the 21st-best outside cornerback by Bleacher Report’s NFL1000 (also the highest ranking the Colts would have on their roster), Breeland would be quite a shrewd signing in mid-May.
A lot of fuss was made about the fact that the cornerback position was ignored during the draft after Rashaan Melvin’s departure, but Chris Ballard clearly isn’t done improving the roster, and this potential signing is a shining example of the Colts GM finding value at a bargain price.
Breeland would most likely be a starter amongst a group consisting of Quincy Wilson, Pierre Desir, Nate Hairston and others.