The Patriots worked out cornerback Bashaud Breeland, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday afternoon.
The #Patriots continue to check out top available free agents, working out FA CB Bashaud Breeland today, source said. Would be an intriguing addition.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 7, 2018
Breeland, a free agent, has played all four seasons of his NFL career with the Washington Redskins, which selected him with the 102nd overall pick in the 2014 draft. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound cornerback started 15 games with the Redskins last season, logging 34 solo tackles, 13 assisted tackles, and a pick-six for 96 yards. He has recorded eight interceptions, seven forced fumbles, and 211 solo tackles over the course of his four-year career.
ESPN’s Rob Demovsky reported in July that Breeland had also scheduled visits with the Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs, Indianapolis Colts, and Cleveland Browns. Breeland signed a three-year, $24 million contract with the Carolina Panthers in March, but the deal was nullified after he failed his physical. According to ESPN, he cut his left heel earlier in March when a golf cart hit him and re-opened a wound he first suffered in fourth grade. He said the injury was not a problem in high school at Allendale-Fairfax, in college at Clemson, or in the NFL.
“From my understanding, my agent told them about the injury before the deal and everything was square,” Breeland told ESPN in March. “I don’t know what transpired or what made them feel I’m not worthy of the contract.”
The Patriots could have an opening at cornerback with the departure of Malcolm Butler. Players on the depth chart include Stephon Gilmore, Jason McCourty and Eric Rowe, who are battling for the starting job opposite Gilmore, and Cyrus Jones and Jonathan Jones (not related), who both returned from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list Tuesday.