The Redskins lost a homegrown player earlier today when Kirk Cousins headed to the Vikings. They have just lost another one.
Cornerback Bashaud Breeland, a fourth-round pick of the Redskins in 2014, will sign with the Carolina Panthers according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.
Breeland quickly stepped into the starting role as a rookie when starter DeAngelo Hall was injured early in the season. He started 57 of a possible 64 games with eight interceptions, seven forced fumbles and 59 passes defensed.
Breeland’s departure has been considered likely for quite some time. They have drafted three corners in the past two drafts, added Quinton Dunbar as an undrafted free agent, and signed Josh Norman to a five-year contract with an average annual value of $15 million. The handwriting has been on the wall.
Some speculated that the Redskins might make a push for Breeland to stay after the team traded Kendall Fuller, one of the cornerbacks they had drafted, to the Chiefs as part of the Alex Smith trade. But the outlook never really changed, and his departure is not a surprise.
The Redskins have been doing a good job of keeping their drafted talent. They decided not to in this case and we will see how it works out.
Update: Per Mike Garafolo of NFL Media, the preliminary numbers have Breeland's deal at three years, $24 million with $11 million guaranteed. That is about the going rate for a young (Breeland is 26) starting caliber cornerback.
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