On Saturday, the Minnesota Vikings decided to release veteran cornerback Bashaud Breeland near the end of his first and only season with the team. Given his experience with the Kansas City Chiefs, it makes sense to ask whether or not his former franchise should explore the idea of bringing him back.
Earlier this offseason, Breeland was a free agent once again after finishing consecutive one-year deals with the Chiefs. Given the team’s need at cornerback and the veteran’s solid play for a Super Bowl contender, it made sense for the Chiefs to offer up a deal for Breeland again. However, the Chiefs decided against bringing him back—or at least for the price it would take—because after some time waiting throughout much of the spring, the Vikings signed Breeland to a one-year deal worth up to $4 million.
At the time, the decision felt a bit odd considering that Breeland was a known quantity (in a good way) for K.C. and they were clearly shopping. Breeland had been a long-term starter for the Chiefs who was still just 28 years old who provided very sticky coverage for Steve Spagnuolo’s defense.
The Minnesota Vikings have made Bashaud Breeland a free agent once again.
In an interesting wrinkle., the Chiefs ended up landing a Vikings cornerback to fill Breeland’s role—or at least a role at cornerback—when they traded a sixth-round pick to Minnesota for a seventh-round pick and Mike Hughes.
It should be noted that Breeland’s exit from the team was unexpected for all—at least not something planned because the Vikings wanted to move on. After all, Breeland has started every game this season after coming in to help rebuild the secondary along with Patrick Peterson.
Tom Pelissero reported the news that Breeland had an argument with the team’s coaching staff and words were exchanged. Here’s the full tweet.
So what should the Chiefs do in response to Breeland’s newfound free agency?