Chiefs Release WR Steve Breaston, A Favorite Of Todd Haley

Are you ready for more talk about sexy free agent players that the Pittsburgh Steelers might add this offseason? No, I\’m not talking about linebacker Bart Scott, who was released by the New York Jets on Tuesday.

The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Tuesday that they had released wide receiver Steve Breaston, a Woodland Hills graduate, and he is exactly the kind of potentially cheap free agent player that the Steelers would consider signing this offseason to bolster their depth.

Breaston was a healthy inactive for the Chiefs in six games down the stretch in 2012, and caught just seven passes for 74 yards on 15 targets. The Michigan product, however, had his best years when he played for Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley in 2008 while a member of the Arizona Cardinals and 2011 in Kansas City.

Haley thought so much of Breaston back in 2011 that he signed him to a five-year, $22.55 million contract that contained $9.5 million in guaranteed money. Breaston was scheduled to earn a base salary of $3.8 million in 2013, but he can forget getting a deal like that right now.

The Steelers still have veteran Jerricho Cotchery under contract for 2013, but there is a chance that he could become a salary cap causality at the beginning of March as he is due to earn a base salary of $1 million. If that indeed were to come to fruition then Breaston could be a minimum contract free agent addition.

Free agent players such as Breaston are the kind that the Steelers add during the offseason. The 2012 high profile signing made by the Steelers was tight end Leonard Pope, who curiously also played under Haley in both Arizona and Kansas City.

Do I think it is for certain that Breaston will be signed? No, but these are the kind of free agent players that the Steelers would like to add, if they add any at all. They\’re inexpensive depth guys that understand the system.

ReceivingRushing
TmGRecYdsTDLngAttYdsTDLngYScmRRTDFmb
2007ARIKR/PR16089211.50220.55.8280104.00.50.110000
2008ARIPR/WR16977100613.13584.862.928044.00.50.1101431
2009ARIPR/wr1565571212.93453.747.524402522.02.90.175632
2010ARIWR13114771815.31373.655.233501711.72.70.275310
2011KANWR16136178512.92433.849.112502525.01.60.181020
2012KANwr10477410.60240.77.47401
Career8643255338713.39583.039.41012002512.01.40.1350794
4 yrsARI6026187252813.57583.142.199502510.61.60.2262373
2 yrsKAN26176885912.62432.633.012502525.01.00.088421
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Generated 2/19/2013.

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  • RW

    Wouldn’t be a terrible acquisition, but I still think there are other bargains out there. They may not come as cheap as Breaston would, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t bargains.

  • http://twitter.com/softdrums Shea Fahr

    I would like to see them at least kick his tires. He could definitely help the younger wide outs better understand the system and handle return duties as well.

  • Nolrog

    What a great name.

  • Jason White

    Id love for them to sign him. When playing under Haley, Breaston produces. He would fill the void left by Rainey as the return man and would make a good number 3 or 4 receiver.

  • Mikey Hoje

    but I like it!

  • LucasY59

    both players the Chiefs cut today could help the Steelers, Breaston as a returner/WR depth (Gilreath might be the same player that is already on the team) Kevin Boss may be a better signing (has produced more than Pope) I think TE may be the biggest need they have untill Miller is healthy. One other player that might be worth bringing in is Jason Smith (dont really like the idea of getting a player that has been a bust so far. I know he has not performed as well as he should’ve as the 2nd overall pick, but isn’t a total bust yet) could be worth a invite to camp to try and prove he was worth a high 1st rd pick. they need OT depth so unless he can’t improve enough to at least be a backup or if he still thinks hes worth alot of $ (the biggest reason he was cut was his high rookie salary)

  • SteelSpine

    I think he & Mundy were in same graduating class at Woodland Hills HS, hope this dude’s the better player…. since it sounds like we have to shop for whoever last year was a healthy inactive for the lousy Chiefs. As most teams will have annual logjam in camp of misc cheap WRs competing for 4th & 5th WR spots, & since I don’t think we have any 4th or 5th signed, could enter the mix. An ESPN writer had reported that the Steelers could be the destination for this guy. He called Breaston “a solid slot receiver”. That sounds like could compete for 3rd WR. A healthy inactive for 6 games in 2012, on the Chiefs with not great depth (?), would need explained.

  • SteelersDepot

    Breaston said he was also puzzled by his lack of participation last season as a slot receiver.

    http://www.kansascity.com/2013/02/08/4056369/breaston-sees-bigger-opportunity.html

  • Mike Carroll

    I read that Boss suffered a season ending concussion in week 2. That sounds like his career might be in jeopardy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.duncan.77 Steve Duncan

    Smith was the #2 pick and is on his third team in 4 years. Hard to be a much bigger bust than that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/armella.dubrawsky Armella Dubrawsky

    No.. Breaston was class of 02. Mundy was class of 03. I graduated with Breaston..

  • SteelSpine

    Thanks.

  • SteelSpine

    Thanks for the scoop.

  • LouPGH

    I guess I’m not surprised by the mixed emotions on Breaston.

    However, it seems to me that Haley knows how to get production out of the guy, he comes uber cheap, he’s been healthy most of his career, and (joke if you want but I like the fact that) he’s a local guy.

    Plus, it sounds as if the WR class is deep, and we’ve had success finding guys in the later rounds (Whoever is responsible for that deserves a raise, btw.), so picking him up could take some of the pressure off to burn a high draft pick on a WR.

  • steeltown

    He’s a capable WR and return kicks too. The very poor 2012 season will drop his stock tremendously, he could be had for cheap at this point but with Cotchery on roster and the eventual draft pick, I dont see room on roster for Breaston.
    As mentioned above, if Cotchery is released, then and only then look for Breaston to be signed