Bashaud Breeland leaves Oakland Raiders without contract, will visit Kansas City Chiefs

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 24: Bashaud Breeland
ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 24: Bashaud Breeland /

Free agent cornerback Bashaud Breeland will follow through on his original tour schedule to visit the Kansas City Chiefs on Tuesday.

The itineraries of free agent players can often change at a moment’s notice, but at this point, cornerback Bashaud Breeland is still on schedule, as far as we can tell.

Breeland is a young, talented cornerback who is only still available because he failed a physical only a few months ago shortly after signing a three-year contract with the Carolina Panthers. Coming off of his rookie deal with the Washington Redskins, Breeland was a prized young defensive back on a market ready to cash in for his first big payday. Instead, he’d cut his foot on vacation while in the Dominican Republic when it got infected as well. The end result was a failed physical and the Panthers moved on to cornerback Ross Cockrell.

Now Breeland is likely all healed up and well since he’s once again taking free agent visits, a few months after reaching his last agreement. Breeland was scheduled to visit with the Oakland Raiders on Monday, the Kansas City Chiefs on Tuesday and the Indianapolis Colts and Cleveland Browns reportedly later this week, per Rob Demovsky.

When a player is scheduled to make several visits, a team will often press that player to agree to a deal before he leaves town if they really want him. It’s hard to tell whether Breeland’s exit from Oakland is about a team who was not interested or a player who wants to do all his homework before signing. Certainly Breeland would do well to land in training camp as quickly as possible with any potential new home, but making such a move is no small matter. It makes sense for him to visit every potential suitor before deciding.

That said, the Chiefs now clearly are in the driver’s seat if they were interested in adding him to the mix. As they host him, if they are interested, they should be able to offer him something these other teams cannot—a chance to really make some postseason noise. The Browns just had the first overall pick in the draft. The Colts are just about as bad and the Oakland Raiders have had an interesting offseason, to say the least, with the hiring of Jon Gruden and subsequent veteran player acquisitions.

The Chiefs could use more proven performers in their secondary, unless the coaching staff truly believes that Keith Reaser or Will Redmond or Tremon Smith are truly ready if just given the chance. Even then, to bank on those players in a major way without any real security around them is not all that reassuring.

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Breeland, 26, had 8 interceptions in 58 starts for Washington over the last four seasons.