Two days after free agency began this March, it seemed certain that the Carolina Panthers had found a solid cornerback that they had been missing since the departure of Josh Norman. The deal was a three-year, $24 million with $11 million guaranteed, and then it fell apart. As a result of a cut on his foot that he sustained during a vacation to the Dominican Republic, Breeland had an infection which resulted in his contract being voided, and he returned to being a free agent. No team has signed him nearly five months since, but with the regular season right around the corner, the New York Jets need to bring Bashaud Breeland to Florham Park.
Over his four year career, Breeland has only missed four games, so he has no injury concerns that the Jets need to worry about. His resume is not too shabby either, recording 211 tackles, 59 pass deflections, and 8 interceptions, one returned for a touchdown in his rookie year. Speaking of the aforementioned Josh Norman, Breeland has lined up on the opposite side of him for a couple of seasons now. In fact, the Redskins secondary as a whole seemed to be severely underrated last season, finishing as the 7th best team against the pass, lead by the cornerback core of Josh Norman, Breeland, and Kendall Fuller, who was sent to the Kansas City Chiefs in the trade that brought Alex Smith to the nation’s capital.
The Jets themselves are trying to finish off a rebranding of their secondary, looking to return to its glory days of Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie completely shutting down all aerial threats against the very best the league had to offer. This new look Jets secondary incorporates safeties Marcus Maye and Jamal Adams in a way that serves as a “safety blanket” in case a receiver is left unattended for. What the Jets have really been missing is a solid dime package contributor who can go after a scrambling QB or simply finish off a tackle in the middle of the field. With Buster Skrine set to be the slot corner, Breeland could find himself as an alternative option that would bolster the depth of the secondary tremendously.
At the time of writing this article, there had been rumors speculating a possible interest from both sides, but no official meeting has been set up. Breeland has already visited the Raiders, Chiefs, Patriots, Dolphins, all without signing a deal. It is clear that Breeland is a solid CB2 or high-end CB3 in this league, so the fact that he remains a free-agent with three weeks until week 1 is mind boggling, especially since he would have been a member of the Panthers if not for a cut on his foot from a vacation. Mike Maccagnan, the Jets should still be looking to acquire young talent, and at 26-years-old, Breeland should be wearing green and white in Detroit on week 1.