Delvin Breaux lost his whole 2017 season due to a broken fibula. He was set to come back before the season ended, but due to a setback in his recovery process he was unable to return for the season. Coming into the season, Breaux was the projected starter, but in Week 3 they found their surprise star in Ken Crawley to fill his void. Injuries have haunted Breaux his past two seasons with the Saints. His 2016 was plagued by injury, only appearing in six games.
When the Saints signed Breaux in 2015, he thrived, being one of few bright spots on their horrific defense. He tallied 3 interceptions and 45 tackles and looked to be the guy of the future for the Saints secondary, but due to injury that title took a back seat. He will now have to compete with a talented, deep, athletic and youthful core of DBs. He will be competing against Marshon Lattimore, Ken Crawley and his biggest matchup P.J. Williams, not to mention pending free agents and draft prospects.
Great coverage by Delvin Breaux ( @BreauxShow24 ) here on Allen Hurns back in the 2015 season. Hurns runs a 20 yard comeback on a PA pass play but Breaux runs the route better and jumps the route for a great int. Breaux is a RFA this offseason and is still valuable to this team pic.twitter.com/7VCDHcBT4x— Brenden Ertle (@BrendenE_Saints) March 5, 2018
Of course, it goes without saying that Breaux is a pending restricted free agent (RFA), and free agency begins March 14th, so it will be interesting to see if the Saints tender him or let him go. The Saints will likely target a slot corner in free agency, but depth is important in this league.
For two starting cornerbacks to start all 16 games is very rare. If the Saints want depth at the outside corner postion, Breaux is their cheapest option. To tender Breaux, there’s a variety of options: A first round tender that’s valued at $3.91 million, a second round tender at $2.746 million, and a original round and low-level tender at $1.797 million. I expect to see Breaux in his hometown sporting the black and gold next season, but look out for him to compete for a job in training camp.