Indianapolis Colts to Host Free Agent CB Bashaud Breeland on Visit
The Colts haven’t done much to address their needs in the secondary this offseason, but that may change after a visit from cornerback Bashaud Breeland.
The Colts saw Rashaan Melvin walk away from Indianapolis in free agency, but they haven’t done anything to replace him at cornerback.
General manager Chris Ballard didn’t bring in a legitimate cornerback in free agency, and he didn’t spend any of his 11 draft picks on a defensive back.
His patience may pay off if the Colts are able to sign Bashaud Breeland.
Breeland originally agreed to a three-year $24 million deal with the Panthers when free agency began. But he suffered a severe cut on his foot while on vacation that required a skin graft.
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Carolina backed out of the contract, and Breeland has gone unsigned since that deal fell through.
Breeland entered the offseason as one of the top free agent cornerbacks in this year’s class.
He has displayed incredible ball skills during his career with double-digit pass breakup numbers in each of his four NFL seasons, including an eye-popping 19 pass breakups in 2017.
He has a tendency to get beat in coverage as a result of taking some gambles as a playmaker, which leads to inconsistent performance from year to year. However, Breeland capable of putting up a Pro Bowl-caliber season when he’s at his best.
Breeland would arguably be the best cornerback on the Colts’ roster depending on the development of Quincy Wilson in his second season.
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This could be the type of move Chris Ballard was waiting on all offseason to improve the talent of Indianapolis’ secondary.