Bashaud Breeland signed with the Carolina Panthers in 2018 free agency, but he had his deal voided. Still, it’s unlikely that he is going to return to the Washington Redskins.
When the 2018 NFL offseason began, it was pretty clear that Bashaud Breeland wasn’t going to return to the team. Breeland, the team’s No. 2 cornerback for the past four years, was likely to land a lucrative extension and the Redskins decided to invest elsewhere.
During the offseason, the Redskins signed Quinton Dunbar to an extension and then proceeded to sign Orlando Scandrick in free agency. It didn’t look like there was room for the team, as those two plus Fabian Moreau were expected to round out the cornerback rotation. So, letting Breeland walk was sensible.
Breeland ended up inking a three year, $24 million deal with the Carolina Panthers and that was supposed to take him off the market. However, he failed a physical with the team and the deal was voided. Since that time, Breeland has been on the open market and there hasn’t been a lot of interest. It seems that teams are waiting for his minor injury to clear up, and he will probably find a home before the 2018 season.
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However, it’s unlikely that Breeland is going to return to the Redskins, according to NBC Sports Washington’s JP Finlay. This is a sensible decision by the team, as it doesn’t look like Breeland would really have a spot with the team.
On the cornerback depth chart, Josh Norman and Dunbar figure to start on the outside while Scandrick will start in the slot. That may not be as strong as the trio the team had last year, when Kendall Fuller performed at a high level, but they should get the job done. Then, Moreau would be the versatile backup who could eventually win a starting job if he shows growth in the preseason. He will earn playing time regardless as he has a lot of talent.
With that crowded cornerback room and with the possibility of adding a guy like Minkah Fitzpatrick in the first round of the draft, bringing back Breeland isn’t a great idea. He simply wouldn’t have a role to play, and might be too costly. Sure, he would provide solid depth. But, why wouldn’t the team just hand time over to Moreau in hopes that he would be better than the inconsistent Breeland? For that reason, bringing him back doesn’t make sense.
It’s far more likely that the Redskins try to land a slot corner in the draft to challenge Joshua Holsey for the backup spot behind Scandrick. Getting Fitzpatrick, Parry Nickerson, or Duke Dawson at some point could make sense. Either way, expect the team to add a corner at some point during the draft and for them to leave Breeland on the open market.