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Packers 2019 free agents: Bashaud Breeland enters offseason as priority for Green Bay

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Though the Packers have few major free agents this offseason, re-signing Bashaud Breeland ranks as one of the team’s top priorities.

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Over the next two weeks, Acme Packing Company will break down each position group on the Green Bay Packers and provide insight into how they performed during the 2018 season. Today, we examine the cornerbacks.

During Ted Thompson’s final draft and Brian Gutekunst’s first as general manager, the Green Bay Packers tried to rebuild their secondary. That process extended to free agency, where the team brought back veteran corner Davon House after a two-year sabbatical as well as a mid-season signing of Bashaud Breeland.

While both House and Breeland hit free agency this offseason, their trajectories appear decidedly different.

Bashaud Breeland

NFL experience: Five years
Free-agent status: Unrestricted
Expiring contract: One-year, $790,000 ($90,000 guaranteed)
2018 stats: 20 tackles, four breakups, two interceptions, one fumble recovery, one touchdown

The Packers will enter next season with Jaire Alexander, Kevin King, and Josh Jackson atop the cornerback depth chart in some order. That doesn’t preclude the team from re-signing Breeland, who made an impact on the defense during his partial season in Green Bay. Breeland generated multiple turnovers while providing valuable depth when injuries decimated the secondary.

Breeland has his flaws. His lack of top-line speed and recent history lower-body injuries (a foot infection and lingering hamstring trouble in 2018) could prevent him from holding down a starting role. That could ultimately work in the Packers’ favor, limiting his market and allowing the front office to bring him back at a palatable price.

Davon House

NFL experience: Eight years
Free-agent status: Unrestricted
Expiring contract: One-year, $915,000 ($90,000 guaranteed)
2018 stats: Two tackles

The Packers didn’t intend for Davon House to earn a large role when they re-signed the veteran corner in the offseason. House technically lived up to expectations, though not for the desired reasons. He landed on injured reserve in September with a shoulder injury and never returned.

Injured or not, House seems unlikely to return to return in 2019. The young depth built up over the past few years along with the veteran’s own injury woes strongly signal that the end has arrived for House, at least in Green Bay.