Brian Gutekunst has splashed again, as the Packers have reportedly agreed to a contract with fifth-year free agent cornerback Bashaud Breeland. ESPN’s Rob Demovsky was the first to report the signing. The move was made after Green Bay put Davon House on injured reserve with a shoulder ailment.
Breeland, who played his first four seasons with the Washington Redskins, was considered one of the league’s top free agents this offseason, and actually signed a three-year, $24 million deal with the Carolina Panthers. The contract was voided, however, when he failed his physical due to a foot injury.
Though the move won’t become official until Wednesday, it’s fair to assume the Packers will be acquiring Breeland’s services for less than the $8 million per year price tag the Panthers were going to pay. That would make the move a steal for Gutekunst, who reportedly had interest in Breeland during the offseason as well.
Breeland is considered a boundary corner, and provides instant depth where the Packers need it, especially with second-year corner Kevin King nursing a groin injury that kept him out of their week three game at Washington. Over his first four seasons, the 26-year old Breeland started 58 of the 60 games in which he played, making 211 tackles and grabbing eight interceptions.
The move patches one of two expected holes on the Packers’ roster, as the team prepares to put defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson on injured reserve with an ankle injury he suffered in the loss to the Redskins.
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