Nothing is confirmed yet, but there's been a few rumblings over the last week or two that the Jets could get into the mix for the services of cornerback Bashaud Breeland, one of the best remaining free agents on the market.
Here was the latest from ESPN's Josina Anderson:
I hear the #Jets are still contemplating interest in FA CB Bashaud Breeland, who has yet to make a decision at this time. We'll see if he sneaks a visit in there or not...— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) July 29, 2018
Adding fuel to the fire was an image that Breeland shared on his instagram account this afternoon which appears to show him inside one of the Jets' tunnels. This is most likely an old image of Breeland arriving at Metlife Stadium - perhaps before Washington's visit to the Jets in 2015. However, the timing is interesting and it seems unlikely to be a coincidence. Is he trolling his followers or tipping us off to something?
Breeland failed a physical after agreeing to a deal with Carolina in March and has been looking for a deal ever since. However, he seems to want multiple years:
Updated information on Bashaud Breeland:— Carrington Harrison (@cdotharrison) July 26, 2018
Source tells me Chiefs offered a 1 year "prove it" type deal for around 7-8M but Breeland's camp wants a deal similar to the 3 year/24 million deal offered by Carolina in March.
The situation is mildly reminiscent of Morris Claiborne last year, who actually turned down a three-year deal with the Ravens before settling for a prove-it deal with the Jets.
If Breeland joined the Jets he'd give them a veteran option because, at the moment, they don't have any proven depth behind Trumaine Johnson, Buster Skrine and Claiborne, with the latter two out of contract at the end of the season. However, the likes of Derrick Jones and Parry Nickerson have played well at camp so far and could therefore be pushing for a role.
The 26-year old Breeland - who brings the added bonus of being a capable slot corner - could arguably be considered an upgrade over both Skrine and Claiborne, perhaps making one of them expendable. It's worth noting, however, that the Jets are already on the hook for Claiborne's $3 million signing bonus and would need to trade rather than cut him to get out from under a further $3.85 million of guarantees.
Skrine could be traded or cut with no cap ramifications but Todd Bowles was talking up his versatility, conditioning and durability the other day, so it seems like he views him as an important player. Then again, perhaps that's what he wants you to think.
We'll update you if the Jets bring him in for a visit.