Report: Bucs Visit With CB Bashaud Breeland

September 11th, 2018

Six months ago, Bashaud Breeland was a 26-year-old cornerback with a shiny, new contract from the Carolina Panthers for $8 million per season.

Then he failed a physical because of an infected foot following a laceration in the Dominican Republic.

That let the Panthers bail on his contract and Breeland has been unemployed every since. Breeland has visited with several NFL teams and made his way to the Bucs after Sunday’s victory, per ESPN.

Brent Grimes has a groin injury (odd to Joe that he didn’t travel to New Orleans with the team) and Vernon Hargreaves’ injury against the Saints will knock him out of Sunday’s game against the Eagles. The Bucs, one could say, have a cornerback emergency.

Certainly, Breeland wants to be paid, at least a very strong one-year deal. He spent the last four seasons as a starter with the Redskins, missing just four total games. He was mentored closely his rookie season by former Bucs head coach Raheem Morris, a known defensive backs guru who was then with Washington.

Breeland was known for his extreme dedication, which led him from fourth-round pick to productive starter in a hurry.

Joe doesn’t know how the Bucs might proceed. All of a sudden, everyone associated with the Bucs feels much more confident that Tampa Bay could be a playoff team. Signing Breeland would be an all-in kind of move.

75 Responses to “Report: Bucs Visit With CB Bashaud Breeland”

  1. canadianbucsfan Says:

    I like it, Bring him in.

  2. Rod Munch Says:

    Sign everyone.

  3. Lunchbox Says:

    If he passes the physical, sign and pay the man. If he works out, keep him. God knows we need CB’s.

  4. diggler Says:

    do it! grimes might be done.

  5. diggler Says:

    Rod Munch Says:
    September 11th, 2018 at 8:33 pm
    Sign everyone.


  6. AlteredEgo Says:

    If the infected injury is healed and he is healthy otherwise hand him the pen and sign the dotted line… sort out the groin and shoulder later

  7. FreeTheSecretWeapon Says:

    Prove it deal… 1 year with options… DO IT NOW!!!!

  8. Lunchbox Says:

    We need help and Breeland represents the best help we could hope to get right now.

  9. Not there yet Says:

    You absolutely need veteran corner help because the rookies just aren’t ready yet. If Brent Grimes was on the field he would have been getting roasted to because we already know he’s not going to guard the best receiver in the field

  10. Lamarcus Says:

    So we banked on a 35 year old corner that loafed in the run game, slips everywhere, ankle break victim and his agent said he was healthy “80” percent of the time, injury-proned player to be our number 1 corner?

  11. FreeTheSecretWeapon Says:

    Revis 2.0… Only we get him after rehab!!! And WHEN Brent comes back…. Who here can spell SUPER BOWL???

  12. scbucsfan Says:

    Assuming he’s healed it would be a good move

  13. Rob Says:

    We just gave up 40 points. If he has a pulse, we can’t do much worse. Go Bucs!

  14. Bird Says:

    Bout time.

    He would sign for 4 or 5 mil per year prove it deal (2 year deal with 1st year only guaranteed).

    He’s got talent. More talent then Ryan smith fo show. Sign him now and let him play Sunday. We are desperate and thin at corner

  15. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Cut off that infected foot and bring him in…..oh wait!!!

  16. TampaDeuce Says:

    I concur with all the above comments.

    @Joe Thanks for the b day email!

  17. Irishmist Says:

    Just make damn sure he is MRSA free. God knows we don’t need that spreading through the locker room again.

  18. FreeTheSecretWeapon Says:

    Side Note: Brent Grimes injury is fake news. He may be “TheSecretWeapon”!?!?!

    Need him for the stretch run!!! He will be back!!!

  19. kelley rose Says:

    hell yes get on a two year deal in case Grimes is on his way out after this year. on a side note anyone know why i can,t watch videos on buccaneers. com. i can watch on every other site except the Bucs site if anyone knows how i can fix this please help.

  20. Bucky23 Says:

    Just read on twitter Hargreaves is out for the season

  21. Marc Says:

    “Tampabaybucfan Says:
    September 11th, 2018 at 8:44 pm
    Cut off that infected foot and bring him in…..oh wait!!!”


  22. Chris in WA Says:

    Should have been signed before the preseason.

    Hopefully he has been working out while unemployed.

  23. NJBucsFan Says:

    Report came out VHIII done for the year

  24. Marc Says:

    “Just read on twitter Hargreaves is out for the season”

    CAN ANYONE ELSE CONFIRM THIS?!?!? What a blow this would be.

  25. Chris in WA Says:

    Also why the F is Robert McClain still a FA? I get that he doesn’t get anyone excited but was his performance any worse than what we saw on Sunday?

    He is better than Ryan Smith. Stop trying to make Ryan Smith a thing!

  26. Marc Says:

    Food for thought: Bucs’lead didnt start dwindling until VH3 injury (when Ryan Smith was allowed onto the field.

  27. Bird Says:

    Injuries are tough this year.

    Atlanta obviously lost Keanu Neal for season. Now Deion jones is out for at least 8 weeks.

  28. Jeagan1999 Says:

    Rotoworld reporting VHIII done for year.


  29. Ed Kerber Says:

    Trade 2019 2nd and 2020 1sr for Patrick Peterson in AZ

  30. Easy Says:

    We have ZERO depth with Grimes and VHIII our. Sign him now

  31. stpetebucsfan Says:

    I’ve mentioned all of our bad luck last year and the expectation that we were due for some good luck…here it is…

    If Breeland can even get to his Redskins level of play he’s a starter for us no matter who is healthy. He’s better than all but Brent and with his youth may challenge him. Breeland averaged 2 ints per year and took one 96 yards to the house. If he’s healthy he has talent and is in his prime.

    If he now simply falls into our laps at a time when our two top CB’s are out and we have all rookies….oh and Smith….that’s the kind of break that can make the difference in a playoff season. Gotta get some luck and if this kids healthy we have just lucked out.

    He will be a starter for us going forward and when Brent returns the two rookies get some time to learn from the vets…our safeties are going to play better…it’s a real jolt for the entire D!!!!

  32. Marc Says:


  33. Bucamania Says:

    Make sure it’s not MRSA first!

  34. Bobby Says:

    That’s a shame about VHIII. He was showing promise for this year. Signing a couple of vets would be a good move. I think Davis and Stewart will improve as year goes on but we need some mentors in there who can handle the job now.

  35. Bobby Says:

    Just heard the Bucs indeed are meeting with a lawn chair…let’s hope it’s not a Lazy Boy.

  36. stpetebucsfan Says:


    I love Patrick Peterson easily one of if not the top DB’s in the league.

    6-1 203 with a 4.3 time in the forty. He’s a true freak. But is Arizona shopping him? Have you read that he’s available?

  37. Marc Says:

    “Trade 2019 2nd and 2020 1sr for Patrick Peterson in AZ”

    THIS IS A GREAT IDEA. Look at our history of first round picks over the years. DAMN NEAR WORTHLESS!

  38. NJBucsFan Says:

    Have a feeling Hey Jude will be in for a visit.

  39. Wright Says:

    Bucs only have like 8 million ish this year in cap space. They have to save some of that I’d imagine for backups in case of further injury this year.

  40. Marc Says:

    Where are the Joes? They are really falling asleep at the wheel on this one.

  41. Joe Says:

    Where are the Joes? They are really falling asleep at the wheel on this one.

    Falling asleep? Nothing has changed concerning Hargreaves other than he’s seeing a second opinion.

    Already reported he’s not playing Sunday. Already reported he had his left arm in a sling in the locker room.

  42. Marc Says:

    The Joes are really dropping the ball here. Where are you guys? Thought you had the pulse of the team?

  43. Marc Says:


    Are you saying the recent reports from Rotoworld are hogwash? Is VH3 still in play this season?

  44. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Rotoworld’s sourse is Ben Standig

    He is a Redskins reporter with not connection to the Bucs, so I caution taking it seriously until it is confirmed.

    Also, the claim is a hamstring. Last I checked, that’s not season ending.

  45. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Don’t believe the report on vhlll until confirmed. Rotoworld did not use a reliable source.

  46. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    The source for RW was Ben Standig on twitter, who is a media guy local for the redskin market. Could be talking out his buttocks.

  47. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Sorry, filter confused me. Lol

  48. Jeffbuc Says:

    This is the type of guy you sign to a 4 year deal with all the guaranteed money to be paid out in first two years. Because if he pans out and regains his form it would be nice to have a good young corner locked down for 4 years. And at a steal if we can get him for around 5-6 million a year. Sign him for one year deal he will end up leading the league in interceptions on his way to the pro bowl. And then we watch him leave for a 75million dollar contract. By low hope high.

  49. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Now they are saying it is a shoulder injury for VHIII.

    ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Hargreaves will get a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews. Looks like there might be truth to it.

  50. NJBucsFan Says:

    Visiting Dr Andrews typically is not a good sign

  51. Marc Says:

    I know VH3 has the “bust” label already, but losing him is going to be a huge blow to our D. The Saints didn’t really start mounting their comeback until he was taken out of the game. We still have to play them again (and the Falcons twice).

  52. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Andrews = Hack

  53. Jeffbuc Says:

    I just rad on nfl rumors that we brought in Breeland along with 8 other players today 5 being cornerbacks. We signed the Williams guy and a guy named Richards to our practice squad. So that doesn’t look good for Signing Breeland. If he worked out along with the other corners and two of them already signed.

  54. Season Is Over Says:

    Pittsburgh gets Conner, Watt and Smith in one draft. Lol. We get Noah Presence, Roberto Aquoyo and Vernon Hargreaves. How did the highest RB on your draft board not even dress for the first game? You almost have to go out of your way.

  55. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Steve Yzerman for GM!

  56. Jeffbuc Says:

    Season is over I’m with you on that. You have to be all types of unlucky to pick a running back early in the 2nd and he doesn’t even dress first game. It can’t be evaluation because an undrafted rookie that every team passed on played and contributed on week one. I think he will be better from practicing and learning rather than just he is a second round pick let’s play him regardless. I think it shown more about our gm and coaches to recognize he isn’t ready and actually sit him knowing people will talk negatively. Versus coaches and gms that will play there high draft pick before he his ready just for there ego. Then when he fails because you know he wasn’t ready they can say we gave him every opportunity to be successful. When in the end they did nothing but hurt him by playing him when he isn’t ready. If it is year two and he still is t contributing than we have some problems. He is 20 years old he can’t even buy a beer yet let’s give him a chance to learn and grow. Heck he isn’t even done growing yet. Not 15 years ago most high draft picks sat behind a starter and learned for a year or so before taking over. Does it suck our 2nd round pick isn’t contributing yes. But would you rather have him play and his stats look like the first round pick from Seattle who had 8 yards on 8 carries

  57. Jjones Says:

    Just hope he’s healthy now.

  58. JimBuc2 Says:

    Kelly Rose, mostly likely due to heavy traffic on Buccaneers website. I experienced a similar issue on NFL Game Pass the following Monday evening. Again, probably legions of win starved Buc fans doing the same thing and straining network resources.

  59. Buccan8 Says:

    Why does this feel like TJ Ward is now a CB?

    McClain being unemployed just boggles my mind. He’s reliable, cheap, and you know what you’re going to get.

    It’s time to be honest and admit that Joe’s Fouts-led Chargers comparisons are pretty dang accurate. Don’t mortgage the future cash we need for our big signings when you know we are going to have to avg 30+ a game to have a chance anyway. You think Breeland will turn us into the Legion of Boom?

    Just enjoy the win, strap in, and enjoy the ride until the regiment’s reinforcements return to relieve the stress on his sidearm, as Major Ryan Fitz might say….

  60. Matthew Says:

    He needs to be signed already why wait ? Give him his 1 year prove it deal . An experienced corner opposite of grimes would be huge for the team . Marcus Williams is nice depth but he ain’t starter material .Breeland is!!!!!! Once vh3 officially is out for the year. We can sign him, I think they shouldn’t hesitate on it though grab Not much help after him This is a luxury for us to be the first team needed to grab a corner this early. When the Panthers couldn’t sign him due to a infection on his leg it was a sign he was on the wring NFC South team. Come to Tampa!!!!!!!!!!!! Shock the world !!!!!

  61. BigMacAttack Says:

    Kick the tires and light the fires, see what he can do. If he tests out well sign him to a basic contract with big money for every game he plays in. If he balls out, you get what you’re paying for. If he can’t deliver cut him loose and cut your losses. My question though is why hasn’t ATL already signed him. Maybe Rah knows something about him the Bucs don’t.

  62. cmurda Says:

    Obviously just about any Bucs fan with a pulse wants this signing but every time a signing happens where multiple teams could have struck before us, there is concern.

  63. unbelievable Says:

    The real question is: does anyone think this medical staff can actually evaluate injuries???

    Let’s think about our recent history… just sayin.

  64. Dave Says:

    Sign him!!

    If healthy, he’d be the second best CB on the team after Grimes

  65. Defense Rules Says:

    @Joe … “The Bucs, one could say, have a cornerback emergency.” Now THAT Joe, is the understatement of the century.

    We’ve had a ‘cornerback emergency since Jason Licht got here (and long before that). Without significant CB help, we may very well have to put up 48 PPG to win any games. IF Breeland is healthy, this is a no-brainer. No excuses for the front office either.

  66. Defense Rules Says:

    Cmurda … there is always concern with every FA signing obviously. BUT … Bucs have somewhat of an emergency here & we need help. IF Breeland is healthy, he could very well be that help. IF he’s not, we don’t need any more additions to the injury roll.

  67. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Check him out medically, hard to believe Panthers could reneg on a contract
    without good medical reason.

  68. Bob in Valrico Says:

    We are in this mess because Licht gambled and played take a chance on Grimes.
    He had injuries last year and apparently played at 80% last year according to
    Miko. VJAX,Sweezy,and Martin all tied up too much Glazer cash and prevented
    us from upgrading our roster.

  69. feelthepewterpower Says:

    Bob in Valrico Says:
    September 12th, 2018 at 5:58 am
    We are in this mess because Licht gambled and played take a chance on Grimes.
    He had injuries last year and apparently played at 80% last year according to
    Miko. VJAX,Sweezy,and Martin all tied up too much Glazer cash and prevented
    us from upgrading our roster.
    Grimes played at an elite level in 2016, and despite being injured last season played well, too. The Buccs are just being cautious, no need to overreact. The Buccs upgraded their roster this offseason, not sure why you are complaining.

  70. Mann in Memphis Says:

    I don’t think the Bucs are going to be to quick to bring in a player with a once affected foot considering the history that looms around the building with staph infections. If he is 1000 percent healed im all in. This could be a power play long term move. But if he’s not I wouldn’t touch him with a pole.. Why hasn’t anyone signed him yet. This guy was a hot commodity..

  71. Old school Buc Says:

    Breeland must be far from being healthy. He is a better than average C B. If was even close to being healthy he would have been signed by now

  72. Billy_43 Says:

    Obviously he is still injured having left without being signed.

    Otherwise he is asking for $8 million/year and can go fly a kite.

    Our rookies will ball out for a Playoff caliber team.

  73. TOM Says:

    Is McClain really that bad? After all he did an ok job when he was here, plus he’s familiar with the system & better than R. Smith whom the Bucs seem to be in love with for some odd reason. What about Elliot?

  74. bucsfanforlife Says:

    why in Gods name have we not signed an experienced battle hardened corner. Hargraves gone for he year and Grimes out again, It’s absolutely ludicrous to put your 2 rookie db’s through a trial by fire the likes of what is about to happen this Sunday. When you have players like Breeland comming to one buc and leaving without a deal, heads are bound to roll wiith the load of garbage we have in our secondary. #WTFU Bucs front office!

  75. Joe Says:

    why in Gods name have we not signed an experienced battle hardened corner.

    September isn’t the time for that. March or April was.