According to a report from the Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs, the Chicago Bears have expressed interest in free agent cornerback Bashaud Breeland (5’11”, 195), who last played with the Kansas City Chiefs.
The 29-year old has started 88 of the 94 games he’s appeared in during his seven year career, and he has complied 14 interceptions (2 for TD), 81 passes defended, 8 forced fumbles, 6 fumble recoveries (1 TD), and 376 tackles in that time.
He spent the 2018 season with the Green Bay Packers playing for defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, who is now the Senior defensive assistant with the Bears.
With last year’s starting corner Kyle Fuller and starting nickel Buster Skrine both no longer on the roster, the Bears have several options competing to win those jobs.
They signed free agent Desmond Trufant and drafted Thomas Graham Jr., and those two will be in the mix along with Artie Burns, Tre Roberson, Duke Shelley, and Kindle Vildor to earn a spot along side returning starter Jaylon Johnson. There are also a few UDFAs and practice squad defensive backs looking to make a name this offseason as well.
The Bears are right up against the salary cap until June 1, at which time the Charles Leno Jr. release becomes official and Chicago will have $9 million in cap space. Much of that figure will be required to sign their 2021 draft class, so if the Bears want to add a veteran like Breeland they may need to make another roster move (release, restructure, or extension) to free up space.
What are your thoughts on the Bears adding another corner this offseason?