2. Carolina Panthers sign CB Bashaud Breeland
It came a few years apart, but the Panthers and Washington swapped physical, swaggering corners. Josh Norman left for D.C. and now Breeland comes to Carolina, an indication that each team values similar traits and underscores Breeland’s fit as a big, aggressive corner for the Panthers.
The talented former Clemson standout comes back to the Carolinas on a three-year $24 million deal and considering the market for top corners, that’s a great price. Breeland isn’t in the class with Trumaine Johnson or Malcolm Butler, but he isn’t so far behind that he should be getting half what they are on a per-year basis.
He’s never going to win track races with the speediest receivers, but his aggressiveness, length and physicality make Breeland difficult to deal with for opposing receivers.
With guys like Julio Jones, Michal Thomas, and Mike Evans in the division, the Panthers could use someone with this kind of profile. To get him at what amounts to a discount makes the signing even better for the Panthers.