The Denver Broncos will hopefully place an emphasis on cornerbacks in free agency. Chiefs free agent Bashaud Breeland should be an option.
Over the last couple of years, for whatever the reason(s), cornerback Bashaud Breeland has been bouncing around the league. This will be the third straight offseason he’s been brought up here at Predominantly Orange as a potential Broncos target, and perhaps he’s proven enough to the league to actually get a decent contract after his work with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Two years ago, I wrote about the mystery of Breeland still being available as a free agent who, at the time, had eight career interceptions in four seasons along with 60 pass breakups and 270 total tackles.
A year later, Breeland’s availability as a talented young corner with physicality and ball skills was still stunning to me.
I’m sure there are great reasons why Breeland is about to be on his fourth team in seven years in the NFL, but he’s now played in 83 career regular season games as well as four postseason games, and he’s picked off 13 passes with 75 pass breakups and 358 total tackles, including 13 tackles for loss.
I’m not trying to say Breeland is the top free agent cornerback available, but in a league that desperately needs guys who can cover, it makes no sense to me that he wasn’t coveted by the team that originally drafted him (Washington) and couldn’t find a home in Green Bay two years ago before excelling with Kansas City in 2019 en route to a championship.
Breeland, who just recently turned 28, is playing the best football of his professional career. Thanks to the Chiefs simply not having the available funds to keep everyone, he should be considered one of the top targets for the Broncos in free agency this offseason.
He allowed just 48.4 percent of the passes thrown his direction to be caught in 2019 and with his physical style of play along with positional versatility, as he alludes to, he could be the ideal veteran to add on a three- or four-year contract for the Broncos at a range they are comfortable paying.
There’s no doubt the Broncos will be looking to upgrade in the secondary this offseason, and maybe if we keep knocking on this door, it will finally get opened.
This guy is a good player, and it makes no sense why the Broncos wouldn’t view him as a potential fit in Vic Fangio’s defense or why Fangio and defensive coordinator Ed Donatell couldn’t put him in a great position to succeed.