Breeland, who agreed to sign with the Panthers on Tuesday, failed his physical with a non-football injury and will become a free agent, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.
Breeland is reportedly nursing an infected cut on one of his feet and is "months away" from being able to pass a physical, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. One of the top cornerbacks on the open market, Breeland had agreed to a sizable three-year, $24 million contract with the Panthers and his sudden dismissal presumably sends Carolina back to the open market for a starting-caliber cornerback.
Breeland is expected to sign with the Panthers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The contract is reportedly three years for $24 million with $11 million guaranteed. Breeland, who recorded 50 tackles, 19 pass breakups and one pick-six in 15 games last season, figures to immediately slide into a starting role in his new home with Daryl Worley being traded to the Eagles in exchange for Torrey Smith.
Breeland has earned just $3.3 million during his four years in Washington. The 2014 fourth-round pick has 48 tackles, 16 pass breakups and one pick-six in 14 games this season. He's emphasized that his forthcoming foray into free agency will be about respect as well as money, as he's always seen himself capable of serving as a team's No.1 corner.
Breeland suffered the injury in Sunday's win over the Cardinals but still played 74 of 82 defensive snaps. Coupled with the full practice Wednesday, the shoulder issue appears to have been minor, and the 25-year-old is on track to play Week 16.
Breeland is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Cardinals with a shoulder injury.
Breeland suffered the injury in the second half and headed to the locker room shortly thereafter. Quinton Dunbar should slot in at cornerback for the Redskins, with Kendall Fuller stepping in as the nickel corner.
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