Agent For Steve Breaston Says There Is Mutual Interest With The Steelers

The Kansas City Chiefs released wide receiver Steve Breaston on Wednesday and on Thursday his agent,  David Graves, told 93.7 The Fan that he and his client are exploring their option right now but that there is mutual interest in joining a few different teams with the Pittsburgh Steelers being one them.

“He is currently exploring all his options and we can’t really comment further on the situation,” Graves said in the radio interview. “I can say that there is some mutual interest in joining several teams at this time and the Steelers are one of those teams. Steve doesn’t want to be a distraction at this point to any potential situations and we aren’t interested in commenting further.”

Breaston, a Woodland Hills High School graduate, played for Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley in both Arizona and Kansas City and had his two best seasons playing for him in 2008 and 2011. After Haley was fired as the head coach in Kansas City, Breaston eventually fell out of favor with the Chiefs coaching staff and he wound up as a healthy inactive player on gameday for 6 of the chiefs final 8 games last season.

While the Steelers appear to have interest in Breaston a signing is not imminent any time soon as the team must first get cap compliant by the March 12 deadline. Breaston and his agent will most likely continue to look around in the meantime to see how serious other teams are in signing him.

Breaston was scheduled to earn a $3.8 million base salary in 2013 with the Chiefs prior to him being released, but he would have to accept much less than that should he ultimately come to terms with the Steelers, who also currently have veteran wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery under contract for 2013 in addition. Cotchery is set to earn a $1 million base salary in 2013, but there is an outside chance that he could become a cap casualty over the course of the next few weeks.

It will likely come down to a choice between Cotchery and Breaston as the Steelers will unlikely to be able to afford both of them.

  • Phil Heidenreich

    Cotchery was our only consistent receiver last year (though not consistently used). I doubt Breaston comes for less than 1 million and even if it’s close.. how’d that Leonard Pope experiment work out? Bringing in familiar faces isnt necessarily good. Having said that, I have liked Breaston since he came into the league.

  • Nooooooooooooooo!!! Not unless he’s taking Cotchery’s job.

  • grw1960

    Besides a slight age difference.

    What does Breaston bring to the table that Crotchery does not already provide?

    The Steelers need a # 1 or 2 type WR in this draft. With out one the Steelers are one injury away in 2013 from starting.

    Sanders ,Crotchery and who?

  • Nolrog

    There’s room for both actually. We need to increase the number of receivers we have to come up with different sets. Hard to do when you carry 12 running backs.

  • zyzak

    I don’t see a place for him. He has never been that great. Some team will pay him big money. Cotchery is a really good team guy. If the Steelers draft 3 WRs at rookie money that would make sense. Breaston’s stats as a kick returner aren’t very good either

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  • JohnnyV1

    Of course there’s interest, his client is without a job. He’ll get a 1yr minimum offer for a veteran, and not much more. He’s average.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    It makes sense for Breaston to be brought in. We need some vets here. We have I believe only 2 players signed as of today( Brown & Cotch) so we need exp. bodies here. Sanders and Breaston would work for me with a draft pick.

  • Clint Martin

    How bout Drafting Leon Sandcastle I heard he is a phenom

  • Garrett Hunt

    I think Sanders could be a good number 2 option, but hasn’t shown enough so I doubt that happens

  • Kyle Owens

    Remember when the Steelers had the most dynamic WR corp in the league with Wallace, Hines, AB, and Sanders? The next few years are going to rough.

  • steeltown

    Cotchery should be the guy, I dont see them signing Breaston for much less than they’re currently paying Cotchery… so why?

    If we have Brown and a draft pick as #1 and #2 and then Sanders in the slot and Cotchery as the #4 in the 4WR sets, we dont really need Breaston, I like him but its just not necessary to pay a FA like Breaston to be the #4 or even #5 guy. We have Gilreath, Moore and Moye battling for the #5 spot and they’ll be much much cheaper.. Gilreath and Moore both have upside and are pretty dynamic in the return game

  • SteelSpine

    I’m not buying Breaston’s story that he has no idea why he was a healthy inactive for 6 games last year. I looked it up, & DaveB was right Breaston said he has no idea why he was made a healthy inactive for 6 games last year. He said coaches never came to him & gave any reason as to why he’s a healthy inactive so many games. So was he so content counting his wallet that he didnt himself bother to ask his coaches why he cant be on the game roster? Wouldn’t a competitor want to be on the field fighting? I realize the Chiefs were a bad team, therefore probably badly coached, & guess the reason we would swap out Cotchery for this guy is it would save a half mil $. But I cant imagine making Cotchery a healthy inactive for 6 games given how clutch Cotch showed filling in for our non-dependable young money crew.

  • Mike Carroll

    Breaston would be a good pickup if they can get him for close to the vet minimum. Paying an extra $500k or so (above a rookie min type player) is worth the experience and competition he would provide. I think the team can still keep Cotchery, tender Sanders, and draft a WR. Add those players to AB and you have nice, deep set of WRs for a modest amount of money, outside of AB.

  • mlc43

    I see absolutely no reason to bring in Breaston and have to pay him more than Cotch. We will be just as good, if not better, by playing draftees at the position.Cotch has been clutch and loyal and he deserves to stay with the team.

  • SteelSpine

    Agreed. If Steelers sign Breaston, I foresee they’ll say advantage Breaston could have over Cotchery is Cotch is not a returner on special teams, actually I don’t recall Cotch doing anything on STs. I know we had other backup WRs who did not contribute on STs (Plax), but I could envision Steelers justifying the move by saying Breaston would be double-duty in one guy. I prefer Cotchery because not-only is he clutch, he is the only veteran receiver we have to set an example for young money crew. Gilreath & Moore etc are even younger than young money.

  • steeltown

    Good point about the ST contribution.. although we have Brown, Sanders, Gilreath, Moore and a few other futures contract guys who can return kicks, you’re right Breaston brings that aspect as well and you wouldnt have to risk Brown or Sanders getting injured on returns

    Still would rather keep Cotchery, infact I wouldnt mind Cotchery be given a 1-2yr extension, at his base salary he’s cheaper than a tendered player

    Something tells me Gilreath will be #5 this season and he and Sanders will split time as kick returner

  • LouPGH

    I agree with pretty much everything you said, except to say that although I can’t remember what we paid for Pope, it was worth it to watch a guy his size bust out the Pee Wee after that late season TD.

  • I disagree. Coaches should bring their old castoffs. Jonathan Scott coming from an awful Buffalo line is the prime example. What a great player.

  • Phil Heidenreich

    I wish we had 5 Jonathan Scotts. Who needs a good running back or QB if you’ve got a line like that!