3 free agent defenders LA Rams must look at in next 72 hours

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LA Rams Free Agency Bashaud Breeland
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Defensive back Bashaud Breeland is one of those players who can excel as a backup player. While the 5-foot-11 195-pound secondary specialist has been a starting for much of his career, his flexibility in playing for three NFL teams in just seven years means that he learns quickly. He learns very quickly, he can fill a rotational role to rest key starters, and he can earn a contributing role on practically any defense.

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Breeland has ties to head coach Sean McVay, as they were both members of the Washington Football team in their careers. Breeland was the starting defensive back for Washington, and he did a solid job of defending the pass, as well as being an adequate cutpurse for the defense.

Breeland may have moved around frequently, but he has held his own so far in the NFL. Despite that history, he has been one of the more inexpensive defensive back options in the NFL, averaging just $1.3 million per year through his career.  That is significantly cheaper than almost any other option.  One-year, $900,000 deal ought to do it.

That combination of cheap and experienced makes him an ideal player for the Rams right now. Bring him in, work him with the defense. If he is on the bench, he is still a plug-n-play option for any mishaps, injuries, or problems that might arise over the course of a long 17 game NFL season. If he outplays his contract, the LA Rams have a solid chance for an awarded 2023 NFL Draft compensatory pick. If he does not, the Rams did not put out much at risk.