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Wednesday Cheese Curds: Bashaud Breeland a bargain for the Packers

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The late season signing has helped keep the defense afloat among a flood of injuries

NFL: Green Bay Packers at New England Patriots Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

When Brian Gutekunst set out on his first free agency period as general manager of the Green Bay Packers, cornerback was originally a top priority.

Then the price of contracts blew up and Gutekunst had to settle for Tramon Williams from the bargain bin. Another name that was likely at the top of his list was Bashaud Breeland but thanks to a non-football injury he suffered to his foot which was followed by an infection, teams likely were scared off Green Bay included.

Fast forward to the regular season. Breeland got healthier and Gutekunst pounced, even if he knew it would take a few weeks to get him up to speed as well as completely healthy.

Everything finally came together on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons and Breeland showed why he originally was one of the top free agents this spring before his injury scared teams off and Green Bay got him for peanuts

Suddenly he’s listed as a potential “must re-sign” this off-season and has earned the endorsement of rookie stud Jaire Alexander. With second round pick Josh Jackson struggling, bringing Breeland back would be a no-brainer at this point.

You can read more on Breeland plus how the Packers aren’t giving up on the postseason despite ridiculously long odds in today’s cheese curds.

Cornerback Bashaud Breeland hoping Packers take leap of faith on him--PackersNews.com

When healthy, he’d be a great corner opposite Alexander and he won’t command top dollar. This almost seems like a lock to happen but will depend on Mike Pettine’s status when a new head coach is hired.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling: Continuing a family tradition of helping the homeless--The Athletic

What a great family and it’s nice to see MVS continue the tradition and use his newfound fame to further advance it. There’s paywall for The Athletic but if you’re interested please see this tweet by the rookie receiver.

Packers still have plenty of fight left in them--Packers.com

The Packers don’t care if nobody else believes because they’ve still got a lot of fight left in them. Rachel Platten would be proud.

Brett Favre thinks Doug Pederson would be a great choice for the Packers’ head coaching job--Bleeding Green Nation

While Favre is clearly crazy here, given the Eagles’ struggles could the Packers send the Saints’ first round pick and a couple players to the Eagles for Pederson’s services? It’s a big piece of fruitcake but you never know.

Dillon From Portland--1500 ESPN

Nothing quite like some schadenfreude at Vikings fans’ expense to ease the pain of a rough Packers season.