The Minnesota Vikings seem to have a need at cornerback with Xavier Rhodes and Mackenzie Alexander as free agents, well Alexander signed a deal with the Cincinnati Bengals and Rhodes is still available. However, it will be hard to get some big named guys with the little wiggle room the team has in salary cap space.
Here are three cornerbacks that could be signed. One would probably be the best bet, another would be a total gamble and the last one would be a good ‘Ol Faithful veteran looking to provide insight.
Bashaud Breeland (The Best Bet)
If the Vikings want stability and depth at the cornerback position, then the organization may need to spend more than $2 million per year for the 28-year-old. (Breeland would probably be one of the more costly backs on this list).
Breeland enters his seventh season with the NFL. The five-foot-eleven defensive back spent last season with the Kansas City Chiefs, where he started in 18 of the 19 games and won a Super Bowl with the Chiefs. Breeland grabbed an interception in Super Bowl 54, and in my opinion had a pretty solid game defensively.
The Clemson alumn had a notable regular season with 48 tackles, two interceptions, eight deflected passes and a memorable (lucky) fumble recovery that he took 100-yards down field for a touchdown in Week Four against the Detroit Lions. Breeland has started in 78 of the 83 games he’s played in. He spent four years with Washington before heading over to Green Bay for a quick stint in 2018.
Heads up play by #Clemson’s own Bashaud Breeland, going 100 yards in a play that could be the difference for the Chiefs over the Lions.— Greg Brzozowski (@GregBrzozowski) September 29, 2019
That’s the third TD of his pro career, his first off a fumble recovery. pic.twitter.com/UQjrEmnnKk
Jason Verrett (The Gamble)
Before anyone says anything, I get it. He’s injury prone and not worth the signing. However, if the Vikings could sign him with a minimum contract or somewhere close to that figure then why not go for it? I’d say take a shot at the 30-year-old. You have a low-risk, high-reward player who could be looking for another shot. It’s the ‘flip of a coin’ scenario, Verrett’s only played in two games since the beginning of the 2017 season because of knee and ankle injuries.
Verrett had surgery prior to the 2014 draft for a shoulder tear he endured during his 2013 collegiate campaign. The five-foot-ten defensive back was only able to participate in six games during his rookie campaign before he was placed on the injured reserve.
The former-TCU cornerback came out swinging during his second year. Verrett tallied 47 tackles, three interceptions and received a ticket to the Pro Bowl. The highs didn’t last as long as Verrett would have hoped for. In 2016, he sustained a slight tear to his ACL, which ended this third-year in the league. Verrett only played in four games in 2016 and one game in 2017 after he aggravated his knee in the opening week of the season. But, man, when he’s healthy, he’s a helluva player.
When your feet, hips, and hands work in unison, it’s a beautiful thing. pic.twitter.com/MFHovrKLdi— Press Coverage With CrockTime (@PressCovFilm) July 10, 2019
Tramon Williams (Ol’ Faithful)
The 37-year-old vet signed a two-year, $10 million contract two years ago with the Green Bay Packers. I don’t see Williams, at 37, earn more than $3-4 million in terms of cap space. Williams will enter his 14th season in the NFL, he’s spent 10 seasons in Green Bay. He spent the other three seasons with the Cleveland Browns and Arizona Cardinals. Williams has started in 153 games throughout his tenure in the NFL.
He’s proven to be a playmaker year after year. He managed to snag two interceptions, deflect eight passes, recover two fumbles and rack up 39 tackles last season. There is always something about snagging Packer players that really get me going.
Williams could be a vital depth player, who can provide insight to younger players and rookies. The former Louisiana Tech defensive back reminds me of when Minnesota made Terrance Newman a member of the Vikings organization. Williams still has the speed and athleticism of a 25-year-old it seems like.
Such a Tramon Williams play pic.twitter.com/Hdogz3R6pa— Brandon Carwile (@PackerScribe) October 18, 2019
I know I’ve been on a hiatus and haven’t written anything in awhile. I’ve been dealing with different things that kept me from doing what I love. I’m back and I’m ready to write. I haven’t wrote a published piece in awhile, so I’m still knocking the dust off the boats.
Thanks and stay healthy DN nation!