Nearly one year after a rumor- and drama-filled week, the Kansas City Chiefs are signing free agent cornerback Bashaud Breeland, according to reports.
ESPN first reported the deal Monday morning.
Breeland visited with the Chiefs on July 25, 2018, and spent the day publicly watching training camp in St. Joseph. He left his visit without a deal and signed with the Packers two months later.
At the start of the 2018 league year, Breeland and the Carolina Panthers agreed to a three-year deal. However, it was nullified when he was involved in a non-football-related accident that reopened a skin graft on the back of his left foot.
“It was very tough, you know what I mean?” Breeland said after signing with the Packers. “To have a deal like that taken away just for a freak accident, not even football-related, it was devastating. But at the same time, it made me who I am. So I don’t really regret it.”
He reportedly sought a multi-year deal from the Chiefs. He eventually signed with Green Bay for one year.
According to multiple reports, his deal with Kansas City is for one year.
Breeland, 27, started five of seven games played with Green Bay. He finished 2018 with two interceptions, four passes defensed, a touchdown and a fumble recovery. He sustained a groin injury during Week 11 against the Seattle Seahawks that kept him sidelined for two games.
“It’s been an up-and-down type of year for me,” Breeland said late in the season. “I’ve just really kept my head down to try and get where I want to be. All I can do is just work. I can’t dwell on the past.”
Breeland averaged 21.63 yards per return on eight kickoff returns.
Prior to joining the Packers, Breeland spent four seasons as a starter with the Washington Redskins. He recorded seven forced fumbles, eight interceptions, 60 passes defensed, two fumble recoveries and a sack in 60 games with 57 starts.
Breeland joins a cornerback group that includes only three returners in Kendall Fuller and rookies Tremon Smith and Charvarius Ward, a mid-season waiver add. Steven Nelson signed with the Steelers, and free agent Orlando Scandrick was benched late in the season in favor of Ward.
The Chiefs’ pass defense ranked 31st in the NFL last season, and the group has started revamping under new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. Kansas City released safety Eric Berry after limited availability due to a heel injury in 2018 and signed Tyrann Mathieu to a three-year, $42 million deal.