The Chiefs are bringing back a key piece to the defensive secondary that helped them win Super Bowl LIV.
The Chiefs agreed to terms a one-year deal with cornerback Bashaud Breeland, sources confirmed Thursday with The Star. While financial details were not disclosed, ESPN's Rob Demovsky reports the deal is worth $4.5 million.
Breeland, 28, originally joined the Chiefs on a one-year deal in March 2019 and helped a remarkable turnaround against the pass on the team's march to a Super Bowl championship. With Breeland and Charvarius Ward manning the outside cornerback positions, the Chiefs finished the regular season ranked eighth against the pass one year after ranking 31st in that department.
The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Breeland appeared in 16 regular-season games with 15 starts. He finished the regular season with 48 tackles, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and eight passes defensed on 927 defensive snaps, the fourth-most on the team.
Breeland originally entered the league in 2014 out of Clemson as a fourth-round pick with Washington, where he spent four seasons (2014-17). He spent the 2018 season with the Green Bay Packers in 2018 before signing with the Chiefs.
In his career, Breeland has appeared in 83 games with 78 starts, totaling 338 tackles, 12 interceptions and 72 passes defensed.
The Chiefs have spent the offseason bringing back numerous key players from last season's championship team: Breeland, defensive tackle Mike Pennel, wide receiver Demarcus Robinson and fullback Anthony Sherman.
They also restructured the contracts of defensive end Frank Clark and wide receiver Sammy Watkins, the latter move ensuring that Watkins wouldn't be a salary-cap casualty.
Breeland's return addresses three major areas of concern for the Chiefs ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft, which takes place April 23-25. The first is stability, as he will once again pair with Ward in the defensive secondary. The presence of Breeland also softens the blow of the Chiefs losing cornerback Kendall Fuller, who signed a free-agent deal with Washington.
Lastly, the Chiefs now have flexibility in the draft and won't have a pressing need to address the cornerback position early in their selection process.
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