Recently, many have been heavily linking former Redskins’ cornerback Bashaud Breeland to the Colts. He failed his physical back in March after inking a three year, $24M contract with the Panthers. Recently, the Cardinals and Colts were the teams in line to sign Breeland. After Arizona traded for Browns’ corner Jamar Taylor, their interest in Breeland waned. The Colts are now the favorites to sign the cornerback.
The #AZCardinals waited until the 6th round to take a CB in the draft. Trading for Jamar Taylor makes that moot. … They had hosted FA CB Bashaud Breeland yesterday, but now Breeland’s likely landing spot when his foot fully heals is the #Colts, who also visited with him.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 18, 2018
Over his four year career, Breeland recorded 211 tackles, 59 passes deflected, and eight interceptions. The 26-year-old has established himself as a solid number two cornerback next to Josh Norman in the Redskins’ zone oriented scheme. Breeland was a top free agent back in March but he has remained unsigned due to his foot injury. The Colts, despite an apparent need at cornerback, did not draft or sign a corner thus far. Chris Ballard clearly has confidence in his corner room but more help is never a bad thing.
The Colts’ corners look somewhat weak right now. Their CB1 is Quincy Wilson, who was underutilized by Chuck Pagano last year but has the talent to be a number one in the Colts’ defensive scheme. The number two slot is unclear, with Kenny Moore or Pierre Desir likely slotted there at that point. Nate Hairston had an excellent season in the slot last season and his spot should be safe. Bashaud Breeland slots in perfectly in the CB2 role.
Breeland has good quickness and ability but isn’t the fastest, biggest, or strongest cornerback. He doesn’t exactly fit the mold of a typical “Chris Ballard corner” with good height, weight, and speed. He has struggled against big, physical receivers but Quincy Wilson will be the guy to take away those type of targets. Breeland is a very smart, cerebral cornerback who reads very well in zone coverage. As an outside corner in the 4-3 Tampa 2 scheme, he will often be playing the sideline flat area, which is a spot he would excel in. Breeland is physical at the line and can play a little bit of press man but shouldn’t be relied on to do that too often.
In the end, Breeland isn’t a perfect fit in the Colts’ defensive scheme. But, he is an upgrade over any other outside cornerback the Colts can slide in opposite of Wilson. With the Colts being the only suitor for Breeland, they could afford to offer him a smaller deal to compete for a roster spot and gel with the defense before the season starts.
Ben Pfeifer is the Managing Editor of the Colts for Full Press Coverage, the AFC South Division Editor, and head NBA editor. Want to continue the discussion? Contact Ben Pfeifer on Twitter @Ben_Pfeifer_, @FPC_NBA and @FPC_Colts.