5 underrated moves from the Vikings 2021 offseason

(Photo by Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) Bashaud Breeland
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Signing cornerback Bashaud Breeland

Cornerback turnover seems to be a growing trend if the last couple of seasons are any indication. This unit relied heavily on youth in 2020, which obviously brought about some naivety and complications for the Vikings.

Mike Zimmer wasn’t going to hang around and wait to see how things develop with his current options. The NFL is a what have you done for me lately league and another poor campaign could see the head coach enter the hot seat discussion once again.

Couple this with the concerning situation involving Jeff Gladney, and serious moves needed to be made.

Minnesota got their hands on All-Pro Patrick Peterson and Mackensie Alexander also returned to the fold. However, the late addition of Bashaud Breeland is particularly noteworthy and one that could make all the difference in their bid to make an instant return to the postseason.

Breeland spent his last two seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, winning a Super Bowl in 2019. The former Clemson star started 26 regular-season games over the last two years, and considering what the Vikings paid to secure his services, it has all the making of a real bargain.

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As is the case with most areas of the defense, Minnesota looks far stronger at cornerback than they did when the 2020 season concluded. Breeland hasn’t come in just to sit on the sidelines and accept a rotational role, so his progress is something to keep a close eye on.