For the second time in as many days, a Washington Redskins free agent has seen his deal voided after failing a physical. This time, it was defensive back Bashaud Breeland.
On Thursday night, one of the more interesting stories in free agency took place when Ryan Grant‘s deal with the Baltimore Ravens was voided. Grant, the former Redskins receiver, had agreed to a four-year, $29 million deal with $14.5 million in guarantees to shore up the Ravens’ receiver position. However, his deal was voided after the team uncovered an ankle issue in his physical, making him a free agent once again.
It wasn’t expected that something so strange would happen again, let alone to a member of the same team. But that’s exactly what happened. According to multiple sources, including Bill Voth, Bashaud Breeland‘s deal with the Carolina Panthers was voided after Breeland failed a physical. At first, it was unclear why this happened, but more clarity was provided shortly after the announcement.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Breeland suffered a non-football related injury that will make it hard for him to pass a physical for the next few months. Here are his exact words, via Twitter.
This is obviously awful news for Breeland. If he’s months away from passing a physical, it could be possible that he gets bypassed by most teams in free agency. Granted, teams don’t have to wait until players pass physicals to give them a deal. But often, injured players, without an elite track record, get lower-level, incentive laded deals. Teams don’t want to take risks with their free agent acquisitions for the most part, so it’s unlikely that Breeland will get anything close to the $24 million he was set to get over three years with the Panthers.
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It may be in Breeland’s best interest to take a one-year deal with a cornerback-needy team in hopes of working his value back up for 2019 free agency. It’s so unfortunate that he suffered this type of injury at this time, but Breeland will be able to bounce back without a doubt. He’s still a young player with upper-echelon No. 2 corner potential, so he should have a chance to land a quality deal.
As for how this will impact the Redskins, the answer is probably very little. Unless Breeland wants to return to the team to build back his value, he will probably go elsewhere. The Redskins don’t really need him anymore, so Breeland would be better off joining a team like the Green Bay Packers, who showed interest in him in free agency, or the Indianapolis Colts.
No matter what, Breeland will land somewhere in free agency. It just won’t be with the Panthers after his voided deal. We’ll keep an eye on Breeland and on the off chance that the Redskins show a renewed interest in him, we’ll keep you posted here at Riggo’s Rag.