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REPORT: Ravens Interested in CB Bashaud Breeland

July 27, 2018 - 9:49 am

By Joe Schiller 

On paper, the Baltimore Ravens are expected to have one of the top secondaries this season but more depth is always good depth.

Ozzie Newsome always seems to target a late-season free agent. It was Jeremy Maclin last season and according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, the Ravens have expressed strong interest in former Redskins cornerback Bashaud Breeland.

The former fourth-round pick out of Clemson spent four years with the Redskins, totaling eight interceptions, 59 passes defended and 211 tackles. Seen as an intriguing unrestricted free agent earlier in the offseason, Breeland originally agreed to a three-year deal with the Carolina Panthers but it fell through.

The 26-year-old has yet to find a home since and is currently on a visit with the Cleveland Browns according to Anderson. The Ravens are looking to secure a visit of their own shortly after.

Veteran cornerback Jimmy Smith has made strides in his recovery from a torn Achilles in December and was healthy enough to avoid starting training camp on the PUP list. But with that being said, he’s played a full 16-game season just twice in eight years. The Ravens will be cautious with his return.

Breeland could provide solid outside depth behind Brandon Carr and a rising Marlon Humphrey. Carr showed inconsistencies late last season as a full-time starter and while he’s never missed a start in his career, banking on the health of an 11-year vet could be risky.

Breeland was ranked as the 54th cornerback in the NFL last season by Pro Football Focus. He’s shown flashes of being a top corner but with limited cap space, the Ravens would need to make a competitive offer to secure a deal.