Packers lose free-agent cornerback Bashaud Breeland to Chiefs
GREEN BAY - After contributing a 22-yard interception return touchdown and a fumble recovery to help the Green Bay Packers beat the Atlanta Falcons on Dec. 9, Bashaud Breeland reflected on his recent journey in the National Football League.
“It's been an up-and-down type of year for me,” Breeland said. “I've just really kept my head down to try and get where I want to be. All I can do is just work. I can't dwell on the past.”
The free-agent cornerback is looking toward a future in Kansas City after agreeing to terms with the Chiefs, a source confirmed. The news was first reported by ESPN.
Breeland got an incentive-laden, one-year deal that can be worth a maximum of $5 million, NFL Network reported.
The Packers signed Breeland off the street Sep. 26 after they placed cornerback Davon House on injured reserve with a season-ending shoulder injury.
At the start of the 2018 league year last March, Breeland and the Carolina Panthers agreed to a three-year deal. However, it was nullified when he was involved in a non-football-related accident that reopened a skin graft on the back of his left foot.
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“It was very tough, you know what I mean?” Breeland said after his first Packers practice. “To have a deal like that taken away just for a freak accident, not even football-related, it was devastating. But at the same time, it made me who I am. So I don’t really regret it.”
Breeland, 27, started five of seven games played with Green Bay. He finished the 2018 season with two interceptions, four passes defensed, a touchdown and a fumble recovery. He sustained a groin injury during Week 11 against the Seattle Seahawks that kept him sidelined for two games.
He also contributed to the Packers’ special teams as a kick returner. Breeland averaged 21.63 yards per return on eight kickoff returns. He had a team season-high 38-yard return in the season-ending loss to the Detroit Lions.
Prior to joining the Packers, Breeland spent four seasons as a starter with the Washington Redskins. He recorded seven forced fumbles, eight interceptions, 60 passes defensed, two fumble recoveries and a sack in 60 games with 57 starts.