Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Panthers plan to sign Bashaud Breeland as potential starting CB

Panthers plan to sign Bashaud Breeland as potential starting CB

Carolina was expected to sign a cornerback in free agency after trading Daryl Worley to Philadelphia in exchange for wide receiver Torrey Smith.

He's a former Washington player with ties to the Carolinas. and his name is not Josh Norman.

The devil is in the details but the Panthers made a solid step in the right direction to improve their secondary today by agreeing to a deal with soon-to-be former Redskins cornerback Bashaud Breeland.

He had 271 tackles, seven forced fumbles, and eight interceptions during his four years with the Washington Redskins.

Breeland is not on the same level as Norman, but he's much more adept at picking off passes than James Bradberry and the other Panthers cornerbacks now on the roster.

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Breeland, 26, has played in 60 of a possible 64 games (57 starts) since Washington took him in the second round of the 2014 draft, collecting eight interceptions and 60 passes defensed in four National Football League seasons.

The following season, he started 13 of his 15 appearances and racked up two more interceptions and 16 pass deflections, the second most of his career.

Breeland is physical in coverage and great at tracking routes, which has helped him accumulate 59 passes defensed in his career, the fourth-most among cornerbacks since 2014.

The deal is reportedly for three years and $24 million with $11 million guaranteed.

Free agency officially opens at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

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