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INDIANAPOLIS – Free agent visits in Training Camp usually don’t offer the same sort of hype as March.
But Bashaud Breeland is a different type of player, possibly entering a position group that is desperate for veteran experience.
That’s what Breeland, 26, would bring the Colts, if the two parties can agree on a contract. For now, that doesn’t appear to be happening with Breeland leaving Grand Park on Thursday without a deal in place on.
As the Colts transition to a defense using more zone looks from their corners, Chris Ballard chose to largely ignore cornerback this offseason.
There was the return of Pierre Desir, but the Colts elected to pass on re-signing Rashaan Melvin, drafting a corner or making a significant move in free agency.
Ballard knows his corner group is covered with youth.
“I want to see these young kids play,” Ballard says.
“How do you get better unless you play?”
Currently, the Colts have 9 cornerbacks on their roster combining for 29 career starts. Desir has 13 of those himself.
Names like Quincy Wilson, Nate Hairston and Kenny Moore are all second-year players that Ballard wants to see more.
It’s Moore, the 2017 undrafted free agent who was claimed by the Colts (from New England) last September, who shouldn’t be viewed at as just a special teams guy.
“I love Kenny Moore,” Ballard says of a guy who held his own in 5 starts late last year. “I think Kenny Moore has a chance to be a really, really good player.”
At Thursday’s opening camp practice, the Colts came out in a nickel look with Quincy Wilson and Pierre Desir on the outside, and Kenny Moore lining up in the slot.
The Colts are betting on young players at a position lacking much depth.
That’s where a player like Breeland makes sense.
Breeland’s 58 career starts in 4 NFL seasons definitely dwarfs anything the Colts currently have at cornerback.
The question with Breeland right now seems to revolve around a foot injury he suffered while on vacation earlier this year.
Despite playing in at least 14 games in 4 NFL seasons, Breeland’s foot injury led to a failed physical after signing with the Panthers back in March. So there went a 3-year, $24 million deal for Breeland.
The 5-11, 195-pound corner assures that he’s healthy now and actually visited the Colts earlier this offseason.
Would a Breeland addition have the Colts sleep easier at night, while still needing young corners to develop?