How will the Chiefs make room for Bashaud Breeland?

Kansas City Chiefs Bashaud Breeland (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
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 How will Kansas City make room for Bashaud Breeland on the roster?

After a solid 2019 campaign that culminated with an interception on the NFL’s grandest stage, Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Bashaud Breeland was expected to sign elsewhere this past offseason. Free agency opened and yet, for weeks, the 28-year-old remained without a contract.

After Breeland’s legal troubles unfolded to the public, it appeared that he might have a shot to come back to Kansas City on a one-year deal. And that is exactly what happened. The Chiefs agreed to retain the capable veteran starter at a discount, with one glaring caveat in the form of a pending suspension.

Now Breeland’s suspension is over and he is set to return to practice before his first game this Sunday against the second-place Raiders. He’s right on time, too. When rookie L’Jarius Sneed went down with a broken collarbone in Week 3, it left the Chiefs perilously thin at cornerback for Monday’s game against the Patriots. The only remaining question is how the Chiefs will make room for him on the 53-man roster.

The team is almost fully healthy, so there are a number of ways the team can go with their roster construction. The addition of a healthy Breeland will give the Chiefs five active corners (along with Charvarius Ward, Rashad Fenton, Antonio Hamilton, and BoPete Keyes), so, based on the numbers, it’s fair to guess that each of them are safe. We’ve narrowed it down to five players who could potentially be sent to the practice squad this week.