Free Agent WR Steve Breaston Remains Unsigned Following Visit To Pittsburgh

Free agent wide receiver Steve Breaston had a visit with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday, during which he was given a physical and presumably met with the coaches.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports on Friday via Twitter that Breaston was not signed, but that the Steelers may revisit him as an option later on if he remains unsigned.

Although the Steelers are now presumed to be under the $123 million salary cap number following the contract restructures of Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Lawrence Timmons this past week, they still do not have a lot of cap room to play with. Breaston and his agent Eric Mertz might also have too high of an asking price right now for the Steelers in addition.

Breaston leaving Pittsburgh without a contract this early in the offseason is not overly surprising. The Steelers brought him in and did their due diligence with him and they will ciontinue to keep their eyes peeled for other potential veteran fits.

The 29 year old Woodland Hills product reportedly already met with Cleveland Browns prior to his visit to Pittsburgh, and the Detroit Lions, Dallas Cowboys and Tennessee Titans reportedly also have interest in him.

Breaston was released by the Kansas City Chiefs a short time ago and his link to the Steelers was an obvious one after playing for offensive coordinator Todd Haley in Kansas City and when both were with the Arizona Cardinals.

  • nikgreene

    Another rinteresting FA wide receiver is David Nelson (released by the Bills earlier this off season). He is young-ish (26), big (6’5″) and prefers the slot. He tore his ACL early last season but is expected to be ready for training camp this summer. Should be cheap, but of course is a gamble medically speaking. I’m guessing some team signs him to a minimum risk deal and gets him into camp. Maybe it’s Pittsburgh, but unlikely.

  • I am curious if they even made him an offer. Perhaps his physical results (at 29) were not in his favor. I guess we shall see but at least they kicked his tires and that’s all I was asking for.

  • zyzak

    They need to draft WRs and pay them less than Breston would want. NO cap room anyway

  • untitled

    A guy I’d love for them to look at is Michael Spurlock. He has a lot of value as returner and is a decent slot guy. Not sure of his price though

  • JohnnyV1

    Like I previously posted, last year, Steve Breaston is Pittsburgh’s #5 receiver. It’s barely worth the post.

  • steeltown

    Signing our own FA’s is far more important.. that comes first

  • Yes, at the very least the ones they want to retain, .then move to the outside.

  • steeltown

    Right, K.Lewis and Foote are priority one and two right now and hopefully Will Allen

  • alex

    Lewis is the secret signing, Foote has nowhere else to go, and if we sign Foster, then i hope to see either Patterson or Allen as our WR first round pick…

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I agree that their asking price was probably to high. I thought that was the problem with trying to sign him in the first place…hopefully no one signs him so we can get him cheap.

  • westernsteel

    Yep. I am hoping for a WR in the first round too.

  • This is the best news, EVER! Hello, 1st round receiver!

  • I would love either of them, and add Tavon Austin to that list too. However, since the combine I’m really liking TE Tyler Eifert at #1 and maybe someone like WR Justin Hunter at #2.

  • Yeah hopefully all 3 sign before the draft.

  • steeltown

    I honestly think K.Lewis will be signed before the free agency period begins, some time in the next 10days… they might have offered him a deal already or be offering one soon and not even allow him to test the market, like they did with Ike Taylor way back when
    The Steelers have to know that Ike is nearing the end, Lewis and Cortez are the future