Cardinals sign Bashaud Breeland a week after Vikings freed struggling cornerback

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A week after his abrupt release from the Vikings, veteran cornerback Bashaud Breeland signed with the Cardinals, as Josina Anderson, CBS Sports NFL Insider reported Monday. The former Super Bowl starting champion was dismissed on Dec. 18, the same day of a reported altercation with Vikings staff and teammates, but Arizona had requested secondary help after starting corner Marco Wilson injured his shoulder in the Cardinals’ Christmas Day loss to the Colts.

Arizona, which lost its fifth game in eight weeks on Saturday, was already grappling with depth issues at the corner, where Robert Alford and James Wiggins had previously been lost to the injured reserve. Wilson, meanwhile, did not reverse the Week 16 loss to Indianapolis after coming out early, leaving reserves to replace Byron Murphy Jr. The team welcomed Breeland on a free agent visit to start this week, and now he’s a candidate to see the time away instant play.

Breeland, 29, has a lot of experience. The former fourth-round player has started 101 games since joining the NFL in 2014, recording at least two interceptions in all of his eight seasons except one between Washington (2014-17), Packers (2018), Chiefs. (2019-2020) and Vikings. However, he often struggled against Patrick Peterson in Minnesota, totaling six penalties and granting an opposing passer rating of 112.6 in 13 starts, as ESPN reported.

Breeland made the most noise off the pitch with Minnesota, including tweeting to critics earlier this year and facing a civil lawsuit that alleged he had repeatedly violated the no-go policy. smoking from a Minneapolis apartment with the use of marijuana. Then, in December, NFL Media reported that he had a verbal altercation with teammates and coaches after a disagreement in practice, which led to general manager Rick Spielman to defuse the situation, to take Breeland to his office and finally release it.

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