Packers: Cornerback becomes a need with Bashaud Breeland gone

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The Green Bay Packers are losing a key part of the secondary.

Last week was all about the Green Bay Packers‘ signings. This week has started by losing one of their top cornerbacks.

According to Rob Demovsky of ESPN, Bashaud Breeland is signing with the Kansas City Chiefs.

All of a sudden, the cornerback position becomes a need for the Packers once again. Depth is a real concern without Breeland.

Breeland signed with Green Bay last September after Davon House went on injured reserve, and he became an important part of the secondary in Mike Pettine’s defense, finishing with two interceptions, a pick-six and a fumble recovery.

Were the Packers interested in re-signing Breeland? And how much were they willing to offer in a contract? And how will general manager Brian Gutekunst respond after losing Breeland?

The good news is that after signing edge rushers Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith, safety Adrian Amos and offensive lineman Billy Turner, Gutekunst has already addressed many of the team’s biggest needs. That gives them more flexibility when the draft begins next month.

Jaire Alexander is the Packers’ number one cornerback. The second-year player put together an excellent rookie season, and was part of the PFWA All-Rookie Team.

Kevin King needs to stay healthy. When on the field, he’s good enough to be a regular starter. But injuries have been the issue so far in his career.

Josh Jackson has a ton of potential, but he’ll need to improve after an up-and-down rookie season. The Packers look to have found a talented player in Tony Brown, but can he step up into a bigger role?

There aren’t many options remaining at cornerback in free agency, and if the team is willing to spend money, why not re-sign Breeland in the first place?

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The Packers will now need to use one of their early draft picks at cornerback to ensure they have depth at the position. While adding talent at cornerback isn’t a top priority like this time last year, losing Breeland doesn’t help, and they need to find a replacement.