After placing cornerback Davon House on IR, the Green Bay Packers added some much needed secondary help with the signing of free agent Bashaud Breeland, who spent his previous four seasons with the Redskins.
If it all pans out, the Packers might've just robbed the free agent market with this acquisition.
If Bashaud Breeland is anywhere near the player he was he entered free agency last March (and his $8 million-per-year deal with Carolina was voided because of a freak foot injury), then the Packers got a steal with a one-year, $790,000 deal plus a... https://t.co/iH2uVOsKKb— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) September 26, 2018
Breeland initially signed a three-year, $24 million contract with the Carolina Panthers on March 16, but the contract was voided after a foot infection made him fail his physical.
If the five-year cornerback hadn't hurt his foot, he would've been receiving $8 million per year from Carolina, but instead the Packers will only have to pay Breeland a base salary of $790,000.
For the amount of money that Breeland signed for, the Packers paid him a lot less than what the rest of the league, or at least the Panthers, viewed him at.
Packers sign Bashaud Breeland✅— IKE Packers (@IKE_Packers) September 25, 2018
One of the premier corners from the 2018 free-agent market has been picked up by Green Bay
Breeland has the opportunity to make an immediate impact as Kevin King recovers from his groin injury pic.twitter.com/E5pL2OEnvN
While the deal makes financial sense, it also provides a cushion for rookie cornerbacks Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson so they don't have to be thrust into a staring role this early in their careers.
Either way, the Packers showed the rest of the league how landing free agents at a discount price is truly an art.