The Chiefs may be without one of their top cornerbacks for the first quarter of their season. Bashaud Breeland is facing a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweets.
Breeland re-signed with the Chiefs in March but was arrested in April on charges of resisting arrest, possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, marijuana possession, and driving without a license.
Kansas City opted not to devote many resources to cornerback this offseason, filling other needs with its top draft picks. Breeland and fourth-round selection L’Jarius Sneed represent the defending Super Bowl champions’ primary moves at corner this year. The team also lost two-year contributor Kendall Fuller in free agency. Breeland signed his second one-year deal with the Chiefs, this one for $4.5MM.
This will mark a setback for the Chiefs, who lost starters Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and Damien Williams to opt-outs. Kansas City, however, replaced Duvernay-Tardif quickly. Were the Super Bowl contenders to operate in the same fashion, the likes of Aqib Talib, Dre Kirkpatrick, Tramon Williams and ex-Chief Brandon Carr represent the highest-profile outside cornerbacks available. Slot corner Logan Ryan is one of the biggest names left in free agency, however.
Breeland, 28, intercepted two passes, recovered two fumbles and made 48 tackles in his first Chiefs season. The former second-round pick worked as a regular starter. He stands to miss games against the Texans, Chargers, Ravens and Patriots.
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