Bashaud Breeland‘s been one of the most consistent presences associated with the Redskins the past four seasons, starting 56 games and ascending to the first unit as a rookie. But he could be set to play his final game with the team on Sunday.
The fourth-year cornerback will be a UFA in 2018, and the expectation is the Redskins will allow him to test the market, J.P. Finlay of CSNMidAtlantic.com reports. Washington is expected to move on from Breeland at season’s end, John Keim of ESPN.com tweets.
Asked if his representation — which he switched in advance of his contract year — and the franchise have engaged in contract talks, Breeland replied “no,” per Finlay. Jay Gruden expects Breeland to “get a nice contract,” and Washington’s invested in other corners since selecting Breeland in the 2014 fourth round. Josh Norman‘s $15MM-AAV deal still represents the NFL’s top cornerback salary, and three Washington corners — Kendall Fuller (Round 3, 2016), Fabian Moreau (Round 3, 2017) and Joshua Holsey (Round 7, 2017) — have rookie-deal years remaining after this season.
“I’m just patiently waiting to see whether that’s still with the Washington Redskins or with a new family,” Breeland said, via Finlay. “I understand the business. There’s no hard feelings. I just want to play ball. … It’s not about the money; it’s about the respect level.”
Pro Football Focus rates Breeland as its No. 70 full-time corner this year — fourth-highest among Redskins, with UDFA Quinton Dunbar coming in ahead of him as well. Breeland’s intercepted eight passes as a pro.
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