Last Thursday, free agent wide receiver Steve Breaston visited with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he was not signed. Following that visit it was reported that Breaston was considering undergoing Regenokine treatment in Germany because of knee inflammation and early arthritic symptoms.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reported today on Twitter that Breaston has decided not to undergo the procedure after consulting with doctors, according to his agent Eric Metz. The doctors reportedly told Breaston that the MRI’s that were done on him revealed nothing alarming and he is medically cleared to continue his career. Metz also said Breaston is dealing with the a “situation similar to many six-year veterans, and his character and toughness will override the normal wear.”
The Steelers gave Breaston a physical when he visited last week, but it is unknown if they passed on signing him solely because of his knee condition. Breaston might very well have wanted too much money in addition. We don\’t know for sure.
The Steelers obviously had interest in him or they wouldn\’t have brought him in. Breaston was an obvious free agent match after playing for offensive coordinator Todd Haley when both were with the Arizona Cardinals and the Kansas City Chiefs.
Will the Steelers sign Breaston down the road should he not get serious attention over the course of the next few weeks from other teams? It is really too hard to tell at this point. For now his name will likely just sit in the Rolodex.