It appears that the Green Bay Packers’ issues on defense during the first three games of the 2018 season are leading the front office to look outside the organization to see if there are payers who can help improve the team’s inconsistent pass coverage. On Tuesday, Rob Demovsky of ESPN reported that the Packers brought in a pair of veteran cornerbacks for workouts, both of whom have had bizarre offseasons.
The first name is Bashaud Breeland, who was one of the top cornerbacks on this year’s free agent market. A 2014 fourth-round pick, Breeland started all of his first four years in Washington before hitting the market, and he initially agreed to a contract with the Carolina Panthers. However, he injured his foot in a freak accident in the Dominican Republic and failed his physical, remaining on the open market ever since.
The question marks about Breeland do not involve his talent or productivity. Though not an elite athlete, he did run the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds at the 2014 NFL Combine and he possesses good height at 5-foot-11-3/8. In four years for Washington, he recorded eight interceptions and 59 total pass defenses, with at least one pick and 11 defenses in each season. Instead, his physical and the financials of the situation will likely be a determining factor as to whether he can help Mike Pettine’s defense.
David Amerson is the other reported name, and he was also a Washington draft pick, going in round two of the 2013 Draft. After two years in DC, the team waived him early in the 2015 season, and the Oakland Raiders claimed him. He played for them through the end of that season, posting a whopping four interceptions and 26 pass defenses in 14 games, leading to a massive four-year, $33 million contract extension in the summer of 2016.
However, the Raiders released him unceremoniously this offseason after just two years on that deal, including a 2017 that was largely lost to a foot injury of his own. The Chiefs signed him to a one-year, $2.25 million contract in February, but they cut him loose in the cut-down to 53.
Amerson tested better than Breeland in his pre-draft workouts, running a 4.44 40 at the Combine and a 3-cone drill of 6.75 seconds at his Pro Day (compared to Breeland’s 7.03 at the Combine). He also stands nearly two inches taller at 6-foot-1.
Demovsky’s reporting also indicates that several other defensive players were in the team facilities today as well but mentioned only these two by name. The team also had a workout scheduled for offensive lineman Gerhard de Beer, news that his agent reported on Monday.
The Packers currently have five cornerbacks on the roster: veterans Tramon Williams and Davon House, second-year pro Kevin King (who missed last week’s game with a groin injury), and rookies Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson. In addition, the team is expected to open up a roster spot by placing defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson on injured reserve.