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.