Former Kansas City chief CB Bashaud Breeland spoke to the media with his new team, the Minnesota Vikings, for the first time on Wednesday. Breeland kicked off with his own statement, bidding farewell to the Chiefs fans who have supported him in each of the past two seasons.
“I want to start with my farewells to Kansas City,” Breeland told reporters Wednesday. “I really want to allow myself to really tell the fans how much I enjoyed my time there – the two years I was there. I learned a lot, it was a good part of my development and really it’s a farewell, but it’s not a break. It was never done on bad terms, but sometimes when one door closes another opens and now I’m here with the Minnesota Vikings.
One of the issues that may have delayed things in a potential re-signing with the Chiefs was a previously undisclosed shoulder surgery. This surgery took place after the 2020 NFL season and the recovery took place throughout the offseason. Breeland even admitted that the injury and recovery had delayed his free agency process a bit.
“I ended up having shoulder surgery after the season in Kansas City,” said Breeland. “So that kind of slowed down my free agency. “
It’s possible the Chiefs were trying to wait until his injury was over and hopefully they can, once again, sign him cheaply. He signed at the end of the 2020 NFL free agency period for a one-year, $ 3 million contract. He signed a one-year, $ 4 million contract with the Vikings in 2021.
Breeland has no hard feelings against the Chiefs or Kansas City organization for the way things turned out after his two seasons with the team. He clarified that if possible, he would have chosen to stay with the Chiefs.
“During that time in Kansas City, my heart was to stay in Kansas City at the time,” Breeland said. “It didn’t work that way, but like I said before, when one door closes another opens. And the Minnesota Vikings, they really gave me that opportunity to come in and really provide my skills to the team. “
You can watch more of Breeland’s introductory press conference at the top of the page.