COULD BREASTON LAND IN PITTSBURGH?
It only took minutes after wide receiver Steve Breaston was released today by the Kansas City Chiefs for the speculation of Breaston joining Todd Haley in Pittsburgh to start up.
Regarded as a favorite of Todd Haley’s, Breaston had just 7 receptions for 74 yards and no touchdowns in 10 games for the Chiefs in 2012.
The 29 year old had a career best 77 receptions, 1,003 yards and 3 touchdowns in 2008 with the Arizona Cardinals, Todd Haley’s last season in Arizona as offensive coordinator.
A few years later Breaston followed Haley to KC, signing with Chiefs in 2011. The 6-foot-0, 190-pound receiver put together a productive year under Haley with 61 receptions for 785 yards and 2 touchdowns in 2011 for the Chiefs. With Haley gone in 2012, Breaston rarely saw the field in 2012 for Kansas City.
Preparing to lose Mike Wallace, the Steelers could go wide receiver as early as round 1 in the NFL draft but the team will also likely be in the market for a buy-low candidate and Breaston could fit the bill. Breaston, though, is likely just a marginal upgrade over Jerricho Cotchery at best. Breaston is a possession receiver that lacks big play ability.
If the Steelers consider buy-low candidates at the league minimum, they should resign Plaxico Burress and make him more of a priority in the offense, then sign a similar receiver to Cotchery.