Bashaud Breeland Waived by Vikings; Started All 13 Games This Season

Adam WellsDecember 18, 2021

Minnesota Vikings cornerback Bashaud Breeland (21) in action during the second half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021 in Minneapolis. Minnesota won 36-28. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)
AP Photo/Stacy Bengs

The Minnesota Vikings made a surprise move Saturday when they waived cornerback Bashaud Breeland. 

Breeland, who started all 13 games for the Vikings this season, seemingly addressed the decision on Twitter:

Bashaud Breeland @Bree2Land6


Per ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said earlier in the day that Breeland was questionable for Monday's game against the Chicago Bears because of a non-injury-related personal matter. 

Per NFL Network's Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport, Breeland "got into a verbal altercation today at practice with coaches, took off his cleats and got into it with multiple teammates who were trying to calm the situation" before being waived. 

Minnesota signed Breeland to a one-year contract in June after he spent the previous two seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs. 

Breeland hasn't had the positive impact on the Vikings secondary that was hoped when he signed. He was tied for the team lead with two interceptions and ranked fourth with five passes defensed. 

Per Pro Football Focus (h/t Eric Thompson of the Daily Norseman), Breeland ranks 117th out of 120 qualified cornerbacks in coverage grade this season. 

A fourth-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft, Breeland spent the first four seasons of his career with the Washington Football Team. He played one year with the Green Bay Packers before joining the Chiefs in 2019. 

Pass defense in general has been an issue for the Vikings. They are tied for the fourth-most touchdown passes allowed (24) and are allowing the seventh-most passing yards per game (251.9) heading into Week 15. 

The Vikings are 6-7 and tied with four other teams vying for the final playoff spot in the NFC.