Chris Ballard and the Indianapolis Colts have to be very excited about the offseason that they have been able to put together so far. After being a competitive football team in 2020, they have improved their roster in a big way this season. Among their most notable moves have been trading for quarterback Carson Wentz, drafting Kwity Paye, re-signing Xavier Rhodes, and the late offseason signing of left tackle Eric Fisher.
So far, the Colts are looking like the real deal in the AFC this season. They look like a team who could compete with Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. However, there are still some ways that they could look to continue improving their roster.
One area that might need more depth and talent is the cornerback position. Rhodes was brought back, which was a huge move for the Colts and one that many didn’t think was going to happen. Behind him, the Colts have Rock Ya-Sin, Kenny Moore, TJ Carrie, and Isaiah Rodgers.
While those backup depth players are capable of playing when called upon, there is one free agent on the market that could come in and compete for playing time right off the bat. That player would be veteran cornerback Bashaud Breeland.
Throughout his NFL career, Breeland has had major success almost everywhere he has gone. While he has had success, he has not seen a ton of loyalty from the teams that he has played for. That has led to him having a journeyman career thus far.
Last season with the Chiefs, Breeland ended up playing in 11 games. He racked up 38 total tackles to go along with one fumble recovery, two interceptions, and nine defended passes. Those numbers came in a shortened season and with a role that was not consistent.
Granted, the Colts may not be interested in offering Breeland a chance to start at cornerback. They may feel comfortable rolling with Rhodes on one side and Moore or Ya-Sin on the other. But, if Breeland is interested in coming in and being a role player, the Colts should absolutely consider bringing him on board.
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Every single team in the NFL has to have starting-caliber talent behind their actual starters in the secondary. Many contenders have seen a starting cornerback go down with an injury and their defense has struggled to bounce back. Breeland would be the ideal safety net for the Colts in the secondary.
At 29 years old, Bashaud Breeland would also likely have an interest in joining a contender if he accepts a limited role. He wants to win another ring and Indianapolis could be a place for him to pursue that goal. If Ballard and the front office are looking to beef up their defensive depth, Breeland would likely have a major interest in discussing a potential one-year contract with them.
Speaking of a one-year deal, this is also a smart move for the Colts. They are projected to have the second-highest cap space in the entire league next offseason. A one-year deal would hurt absolutely nothing in that aspect.
This seems like a match made in heaven for both the Colts and Breeland. Another team has not worked to get a deal done with him and the Colts can offer a potential role and the chance to compete. What isn’t there to like about that situation for the veteran cornerback?
Expect to see the Colts keep their options open for adding more talent to their roster. Ballard may choose to not make a move, but he is always interested in improving the team. Indianapolis and Breeland could be a potential fit.