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Veteran cornerback Breeland on Cards’ radar

Posted by Darren Urban on May 16, 2018 – 10:34 am

Veteran cornerback Bashaud Breeland was one of the first free agents signed back in March. He signed a three-year, $24 million contract with the Panthers — only to have the deal voided when he came in for his physical and he had a foot infection suffered while on vacation. Since then, Breeland, who played last year in Washington, has been trying to get healthy.

He’s apparently OK now, because he reportedly is making visits again, and the Cardinals are on his list. Rob Demovsky of ESPN said Breeland is supposed to visit the Colts today and the Cards Thursday. The order in which a player makes his visits is always crucial, because the first team has a chance to never let him leave. Then again, it will be interesting to see what the market is monetarily for Breeland. Can he get another three-year deal like he did originally (with about $11 million guaranteed?) This is the time of year when it’s always about expectations: The expectations of the player and what he can earn, and the expectations of what a team thinks it can get a player for, especially when the free agent has made it to mid-May.

Certainly, the Cardinals have been looking at what they can do at their second cornerback opposite Patrick Peterson. “We are looking for someone to step up on the other side of Patrick — whether it is Brandon (Williams), whether it is Lou Young, whether it is Bené Benwikere, whether it is (rookie Chris Campbell,” coach Steve Wilks said Tuesday. Maybe that someone comes from the outside.


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26 Responses to “Veteran cornerback Breeland on Cards’ radar”

  1. By Mark on May 16, 2018 | Reply

    If Cards got Breeland that would be awesome!

  2. By Dominik on May 16, 2018 | Reply

    Go for it and pay the guy! He ll be amazing.

  3. By Scott H on May 16, 2018 | Reply

    Breeland is a player I can get excited about and who I believe could REALLY help ( assuming he is healthy ), so I like the fact that the Cardinals are putting themselves on his list. Sure, I’d prefer the Cardinals be the first team on his list, the team that can be in a position to never let him leave if they want him, but….I’ll take it.

    THIS feels aggressive. Targeting impact players at positions of obvious need is aggressive.

    THIS is what there was none of last year during the off-season – bringing in players that created legit competition at positions of glaring need. And it is such a breath of fresh air. We already have more of that with the players that have been added this off-season. No, we don’t have an obvious starter in that group, but it sure as hell feels better than Justin Bethel winning the job by default because there was NO competition. None.

    With Breeland as a possibility, it creates a sense of there truly being some aggressiveness from the F/O. I like the effort even if it doesn’t happen.

    And ya do have to wonder about the foot injury issue. One of the first FA’a signed this off-season…..a nice 3-year deal…..then the deal is voided for health reasons…..now he is supposedly healthy again. An interesting course.

    One wonders why the Panthers are not looking at him again…..did they acquire anyone else after they parted ways with him? I thought they did….

  4. By KB of CG on May 16, 2018 | Reply

    If they can get him, GREAT…but i think even if we dont sign him (or another CB) we will be alright at CB2…i have a feelin one of the guys already on the team is gonna step up and be that TRUE #2…whoever it is MIGHT (emphasis) just lead the league in picks, considering how many chances they will get (especially early in the season)…but im always optimistic :)…i think the Cardinals are gonna surprise a lot of people, even AZ fans…O-line is what im looking at the most, i think Cole is gonna take Shipley’s spot at starting C, then we are lookin at LT-Humphries LG-Iupati C-Cole RG-Pugh RT-Smith…which looks pretty good to me…im hopeful for this upcoming season, even more than i was before last season started…because unlike last season, even IF the Cards sustain injuries (at key positions) they are in a MUCH better position now with the new players they brought in to overcome those injuries…my hat is off to GM Keim, Coach Wilks and the rest of the staff for what they have done this offseason…for they have built a winner, that can grow/learn together :)…THANK YOU! for restoring hope, it was “iffy” for a while there but you all have done a masterful job!..take care, Peace, Love and Respect to ALL :)…GO CARDINALS!!!

  5. By creditcard on May 16, 2018 | Reply

    Breeland would be a very nice fit — and he knows the coach, his style, and playbook jargon. However, it doesn’t end with a signing of Breeland, if that comes to fruition. good teams — need great depth. These depth guys also serve a very important role in terms of special teams and in the event of injury.

    Many posts discuss the disappointment in Brandon Williams — who knows, m/b he is meant to be a back-up and special teams player. He does an outstanding job at special teams … The same might be true about Campbell,or one of the very tantalizing UDFA.

    The Cards got a decent group of UDFA this year — I’m excited to see if a couple of those young men make the team and/or the practice squad.

  6. By Darren Urban on May 17, 2018 | Reply

    Credit —

    RE: “He knows the coach, style, playbook”

    Why would you think that?

  7. By creditcard on May 16, 2018 | Reply

    Things are quietly coming together for the Cards, which is also true for the other 31 teams. The Cards will surprise many – and be competitive in this “rebuilding” year. I like how this team is converting itself into a more traditional ground pound type of team. Love it.

  8. By El Gallo on May 17, 2018 | Reply

    – Breeland

    If they can make that happen he would be such a solid pick-up.
    Adding veteran leadership & ‘know how’ at critical moments on the field.
    We’ve lost that in consecutive years in the DB group.
    First with the loss of J. Powers and R. Johnson.
    Then the subsequent departure of T. Jefferson the following year.

    Did they have incredible talent?
    Maybe not.
    But what they lacked in speed and height they made up for in knowledge, awareness and anticipation.

    If I’m correct, I can recall reading that R. Johnson was so in-tune with the game plan and opponents per week that he could diagnose the play based on formations and personnel before the snap.
    Allowing our defense to not only anticipate but also adjust and get into the correct position nullifying the play almost from the jump.

    It was no surprise our Defensive Unit was rated Top 5 all the years they were here.
    Add in the run defense (Red Zone) while CC was in house as well.
    You cannot deny the importance of veterans that know their craft.
    Just think of how much of a difference T. Williams made once he supplanted Bethel..

    Nothing against Bethel, incredibly athletic, even better person and ST Ace.
    I think he was better suited to play Safety his natural position in college.
    Appreciate his honesty and poise when addressing all the criticism.
    In the same breath, I wish B. Williams all the best and I hope he does develop under Wilks’.
    Not easy to change positions your last year of college and then compete against the best as a pro.
    Has the tools (size-length & speed) Needs the technique and ‘know how’.

    Wonder if Rucker will come back for 1 more year.
    Would be wise to have him back.
    Lost another important and vocal leader on Defense this year with HB signing with the Texans.

    We still boast a solid Defense.
    Add guys like Breeland at CB2, shore up the DL, S.
    There’s no reason they can’t be a Top 5 Defense with Wilks’ expertise and guidance.

  9. By El Gallo on May 17, 2018 | Reply

    – Our Defensive Success

    With Wilks manning the ship now it’ll be interesting to see how he develops each position group.
    Will going from a 3-4 to a 4-3 take us to the next level?

    Idk but I’m excited to see our guys compete.
    We’re just a few players away from being solid on D.

    Our Defense has been the backbone of our team for several years now.
    Many times the offense couldn’t hold up allowing for a quick 3 and out leaving our D-unit out on the field for extended periods time depleting their energy reserves quickly.
    Crazy to think they did this week in week out for years.

    With the new Offense being installed by MM, as reported in your articles above, maybe the Defense will catch a breather more often.
    With less 7 step drop back passes and quick intermediate throws our Offense may have more success.
    More sustained success that is. Having Bradford here with his skillet is a great addition. His intelligence alone is already paying off as was mentioned by DJ that he’s “helping everyone get in the right place” same page essentially.
    Imagine if he lasts all year, our Offense could be Top Notch possibly.
    I’m all for it.

    Why mention the Offense here.
    It’ll be interesting to compare our Defensive Unit to one of our former DC’s who now is with the Jets in NY.
    Now that he has some legitimate QBs in house McCown (former Card) and Darnald, he’s defense will have the same opportunity to showcase their star players but also Bowles scheme with not having to be on the field all game.

    Yet another former Cardinal DC to watch is Betcher.
    His NY Giants will also be exciting to see on both sides of the field.
    Interesting to see if he can get his defense working in unison and wonder if he’ll blitz as much as he did with us..

    Wish them all great success, they are both good men and it was a pleasure having them with us.

    But if they ever play our team, they deserve our best shot and I hope we knock them around a lil bit haha..
    All in Fair Play of course.

  10. By Carlo on May 17, 2018 | Reply

    Dont let him leave the city

  11. By SDCardFan on May 17, 2018 | Reply

    Darren –
    Any word on Breeland’s scheduled visit with the team? I didn’t see any updates regarding his visit with the Colts yesterday (no mention on their website or any other sport site), so I assume he made it out of Indy. It would be a little coincidental how he played with Josh Norman, signed with Norman’s and Wilkes’ former team but failed the physical and then signed with the Cardinals. He has started 57 games in 4 yrs, had 20 passes defended last year and has decent size 5’11” 192. But, you have to wonder why the Redskins let him go, maybe just a case of the Redskins being the Redskins.

  12. By Darren Urban on May 17, 2018 | Reply

    SDCard —

    RE: Breeland

    He wasn’t supposed to visit until today. We will see. We also don’t know what kind of money he’s asking for.

  13. By Scott H on May 17, 2018 | Reply

    Darren –

    I’ve seen / heard nothing about his visit with the Colts yesterday. Not a word. Did he come and go from Indy, still on track for his visit here today??

    I was dreading seeing an UP-DATE indicating that he was signing with the Colts.

  14. By Darren Urban on May 17, 2018 | Reply

    Scott H —

    RE: Breeland

    I haven’t heard anything one way or another. Even if he comes for a visit, not sure this is one of those signings that happens right away, given his health and negotiations.

  15. By clssylssy on May 17, 2018 | Reply

    Yeah, I imagine money will be the deciding factor, although maybe Wilks can work a “friends & family discount”. It’s encouraging to see the FO at least talking about certain specific players that fans have actually heard of, and who have some history with the coaching staff.
    At the same time, talk is cheap (as we’ve seen in the past) so will be interesting to see if this develops. With Wilks placing so much emphasis on his front men, I’m wondering how that unit really stacks up to some of our division rivals or if we can expect some adjustments there.
    I do think it is smart to get some veteran leadership in to help school the young guys in the nuances of winning games, especially on the road.

  16. By Darren Urban on May 17, 2018 | Reply

    Classy (and all) —

    RE: Discount/ties

    It seems like a lot of people are somehow making a connection with Breeland and Wilks. There is none. Breeland has been with Washington his whole career. Unless Josh Norman did a huge sell job, Breeland doesn’t know Wilks any better than Colts coach Frank Reich.

  17. By JTDG on May 17, 2018 | Reply

    Darren,

    First, how about that picture above? Breeland is getting burned on a pass against the cards. No pictures of him making a play? 🙂

    What I know about Breeland. 59 passes defensed and 8 picks in 4 years. that is pretty solid.

    He has 58 games started, so he has a lot of experience.

    He is tough nosed. Go back a couple years and watch him battle Dez Bryant. Very physical.

    He is willing to tackle with 268 tackles in 4 years.

    The skins are letting him walk because they made Josh Norman the highest paid CB and drafted Frank Moreau last year.

    Breeland was signed back in phase one of FA, but an injury caused the Panthers to break the contract. He , it is believed, recovered from the issue.

    He was drafted in round 4 in 2014, after running a 4.62 forty. That is real slow for a CB. But the cards are moving to a zone defense and he is quick and will battle as noted above.

    Breeland can be a solid #2 CB in a zone where he will have safety help over top. His lack of long speed is really his only real flaw. With Bethea roaming in center field , and because Pat P won’t need any help, Breeland will thrive in this defense.

    He was signed at 3 years 24 million and I would imagine he is looking for something similar. If the cards can convince him not to leave, Breeland could fill a huge hole for the cards.

  18. By Adam Smith b1723 fka DTL on May 17, 2018 | Reply

    Sounds like he had (has?) that MRSA superbug. Some take a 2 hr 2x/day 2 week drip of Vancomycin to kill it … it it dies. Hope this guy is better, if he is, and signs, bonus for Cards at that key spot…

  19. By Scott H on May 18, 2018 | Reply

    JTDG –

    Yeah, a guy who we know would be a solid CB2 that could pair with PP to give us one of the best tandems in the league.

    Doesn’t that mean this would be entirely too much to hope for?? 🙂

  20. By SDCardFan on May 18, 2018 | Reply

    Apparently Breeland did meet with the Cards but no deal- http://nfltraderumors.co/bashaud-breelands-cardinals-visit-ends-without-deal/. He is probably seeking the same/similar deal that he had with the Panthers. Josh Norman has played with Breeland the past two years, and it wouldn’t surprise me that he talked to Breeland about Wilks and talked to Wilks and PP about Breeland. Although pairing Breeland with PP appears to be a perfect match, there is obviously something, probably the money, that didn’t work out. With a healthy Golden, a healthy safety in Baker and change to 4-3, I think most agree that the #2 CB position continues to be our Achilles’ heel, and in the NFC West that’s going to be a big problem.

  21. By Johnson on May 18, 2018 | Reply

    Darren,

    Just heard news that Cards are finalizing a trade with the Browns for CB Jamar Taylor, as per Ian Rapoport. Is this confirmed? This will be huge if it happens.

  22. By Darren Urban on May 18, 2018 | Reply

    Johnson —

    RE: Taylor

    I expect it to happen.

  23. By SDCardFan on May 18, 2018 | Reply

    Johnson –

    Thanks for catching the Jamar Taylor news. Although Breeland has the better stats, I trust Wilks’ assessment of talent. I look forward to seeing what Wilks and Merritt can do with the current team of DB’s.

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