Former Kansas City Chiefs cover man Bashaud Breeland once again — this time due to a diminished league-wide salary cap — finds himself up against a diluted free agent cornerback market in 2021. After playing out consecutive one-year deals with the reigning AFC champions, the 29-year-old was again hoping to cash in on an evasive long-term pay day.

Instead, his prospects on the open market have been minimal through mid-May, leaving him without a team heading deeper into the NFL’s offseason program. Breeland has drawn some interest from the Chicago Bears and has not signed a contract offer extended to him following a visit with the Minnesota Vikings on May 20.

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Now, one of Breeland’s closest allies, Tyrann Mathieu, wants to see him back in the fold with the Chiefs.

Speaking to the media to close out the first of three weeks of organized team activities (OTAs), Mathieu was asked about Breeland — specifically how much communication the two have had this offseason and what it would mean to play another year with him.