As of midday Friday, the Oakland Raiders have yet to officially make their first signing at the cornerback position in free agency. After losing TJ Carrie and opting not to sign any top free agents like Trumaine Johnson, Malcolm Butler and Richard Sherman, the team moved their focus to free agents Rashaan Melvin and Shareece Wright.
Melvin looked to be the only quality starting cornerback left on the free agent market until Friday when Bashaud Breeland failed his physical with the Carolina Panthers and now won’t be signing his reported three-year deal that was worth $24 million, per the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
The #Panthers announced that CB Bashaud Breeland failed his physical. He won’t be signing with Carolina… which had offered him a 3 year, $24M deal.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 16, 2018
Breeland cut his foot in a non-football related injury leading to an infection. He is expected to be a few months away from passing a physical, via Rapoport.
Over four NFL seasons with the Washington Redskins, Breeland has started 57 games tallying 270 combined tackles, eight interceptions, seven forced fumbles and 60 passes defensed. His Pro Football Focus player grades have been inconsistent, but he did finish with a 79 grade last season and a 80.5 in 2015.
Assuming Breeland heals from his foot infection, he could be a cornerback to keep an eye over the next few months if the Raiders can’t assemble the cornerback room they want through the draft and free agency.