Report: Steelers Expected To Sign WR Steve Breaston Within Next Couple Of Weeks

John Clayton of ESPN mentioned on Thursday’s episode of NFL Live that the Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to sign free agent wide receiver Steve Breaston within the next couple of weeks.

The Steelers brought Breaston in for a visit several weeks ago following his release from the Kansas City Chiefs, but chose not to sign him at the time.

There were reports at that time that suggested Breaston, who was originally drafted by the Arizona Cardinals, had inflammation and early arthritic symptoms in one his knee and that he was considering Regenokine treatment, a procedure that entails removing blood to make a serum, and then injecting it back into the knee to fight inflammation. It has since been reported, however, that Breaston opted against having that procedure done.

The Steelers drafted two wide receivers in the 2013 NFL draft this past weekend in the form of Oregon State wide receiver Markus Wheaton and Oklahoma wide receiver Justin Brown. Wheaton is expected to make the 53 man roster, while I have my doubts that Brown will make it.

In addition to starters Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders, the Steelers also have veterans Jerricho Cotchery and Plaxico Burress, neither of which plays special teams, on the roster.

As I pointed out a while ago, Burress is not a lock to the make the roster, and should the Steelers ultimately decide to sign Breaston, who worked previously with offensive coordinator Todd Haley in both Arizona and Kansas City, it would further cloud the future of Burress with the Steelers.

  • steeltown

    Wow.. if true, we would be pretty stacked at WR

    A.Brown, Sanders, Wheaton, Cotchery and Breaston.. makes sense, Sanders, Wheaton and Breaston can all play special teams. I know some have ill feeling toward Breaston, but if he’s healthy he’s a pretty damn solid #5 on the depth chart

    Would then put J.Brown and/or Gilreath on the practice squad

  • HarryBackside

    Bye bye Cotchery.

  • Shelob9

    Yes, but do we think that Gilreath clears waivers if he has a second awesome preseason?

  • SteelerDave

    100% agreement. However, give vet minimum for a number 5 WR is a little high. Would rather have Brown as a special teamer and #5 considering the money.

  • steeltown

    No way

  • At 1 million and no play on STs, maybe….or a Tendered RB goes bye bye

  • steeltown

    If it ends up being a one yr vet deal, it will probably be around 800K, thats a good deal for a player with his experience and versatility

  • steeltown

    Maybe not… would then be J.Brown for sure

  • SteelersDepot

    Remember, if Breaston signs, it would likely be a one-year qualifying deal with a reduced cap hit.

  • Jollyrob68

    Time for Gilreath to be on the 53 or we’ll end up losing him at the end of the season like we lost Tyler Grisham. Lost isn’t the correct word because Tyler Grisham decided not to resign with the Steelers and signed with the Broncos..
    I liked him as a mini Hines Ward type of player.

  • Jollyrob68

    I’m all for signing Breaston and keeping our youth on the roster. If that means no Plax and maybe even Cotchery who I like. Sometimes you need to move forward.

  • Lamarr56

    I just don’t see this happening. After getting two recievers in the draft, and one who will make the roster, I don’t really see this happening. If this ends up happening, Plax is gone no question about it.

  • steeltown

    This would not signify the exit of Cotchery.. if that were the case we’d be back down to 2 WR’s that have any familiarity with the Offense and with Ben, that would be dumb

  • nikgreene

    I think it has brough up an interesting discussion regarding the Steelers’ WR depth, however, I would caution anyone about believeing Clayton. His reporting over the last couple of years has become pretty speculative in my opinion.

  • LOL, yeah I sure miss Grisham and his one career reception. Is he even on an NFL roster now?

  • JohnnyV1

    Or keep Brown, Breaston, Wheaton, Cotchery and Burress, then trade Sanders to the Patriots for a 3rd Rd pick. haha

  • steeltown

    I kind of agree with you on both fronts..I didnt see this coming (if true) because we already have some good competition for the #5 spot (Burress, Gilreath, Kashif Moore, JD Woods, J.Brown) but hell, if we get him for a low qualifying contract to compete in camp, more the merrier

  • Jerome72

    So if they do this what about a taller receiver? Have they scrapped that idea or is their someone on the roster I’m forgetting! Regardless, nothing wrong with having another veteran wr added to the group but they sure aren’t the tallest group, especially if Plax goes and Brown doesn’t make the team.

  • steeltown

    Yea I agree, but even without Breaston, im not sure Burress or J.Brown make the 53man roster

  • TheBlitz

    If Plax gets cut how much does that impact the cap ?

  • steeltown

    65K dead money in 2014

  • TheBlitz

    That’s it ? Nice!

    I like how they are looking to bring in weapons for Ben. The more the merrier. May the best man win!

  • Bill Bob

    Don’t forget Reggie 4.22 Dunn for kickoffs , Four 100 plus TD’s last year at Utah give him a seam and its over

  • Wheaton admits that ST’s have not been something he has excelled at. He is going to have to learn. Breaston makes a lot of sense since he knows the offense and plays ST’s….Brown, Sanders, Breaston, Wheaton and Cotch would make a nice looking group of 5. Let the best man win the 6th spot if they decide to keep that many until Heath gets back.

  • 3 if you count Breaston

  • Michael Mazanowski

    Lol! Grisham compared to Hines Ward! It’s like comparing James Harrison to Mike Humpal!

  • Shelob9

    I don’t think Plax has a chance of making the roster, even without Breston. They are doing him a favor by giving him a little money and the opportunity to put something on tape during the preseason that teams can look at when they are in the market for a midseason replacement WR.

  • I think you will see Reggie Dunn make this team in the roll that Chris Rainey was in. RB/WR/KR. Barron Batch is gone.

  • zyzak

    Why would they want him, nobody else does?

  • zyzak

    He’s not very good except that Haley the goof would want him

  • r4kolb

    I personally hope they don’t sign him. I think Gilreath with a year under his belt though he didn’t play much will eventually be our #3 if given the chance. If the guy has knee problems why take the risk and cap hit.

  • David Edward

    Interesting. One thought would be if they waited till June and signed him to a 2-3 year deal for cheap. Figure they will lose Sanders next year and Cotcery and Burress..although Plax might not even make team this year. A one year deal would seem odd for a #4 or #5 guy…they already have plenty of youth that could fit as #4 or #5

  • HarryBackside

    Breaston played under Haleyin AZ and KC. I imagine it’s the same terminology, so picking up the offense shouldn’t be an issue.

    Cotchery just hasn’t been productive, and cutting him loose frees up 1 million in cap space.

  • HarryBackside

    I had a silimar thought, especially after hearing Sanders say on ESPN that he wanted to play for NE.

  • HarryBackside

    I doubt that Plax would have been offered a contract so early in the off-season if MT thought his chances of making the roster were so poor. Cotch has been plagued by the injury bug, and hasn’t been much of a contributor since he signed with the team. We also get 1 million back in cap relief if he’s cut loose.

  • David Edward

    I doubt they would cut Cotchery, he’s a capable #3 or #4 right now. Once they get to June they have plenty of cap space so that won’t factor in either. I can see them signing Breaston in anticipation of losing Sanders, Cotchery and Burress next year.

  • steeltown

    Exactly.. competition is a good thing

  • JDR

    Burress is gonna show up ready to play some football and make them have to cut somebody else…. and Ben is a Plax appreciator, he’ll be the big target Ben likes and especially if Heath is on the pup list to start the season.
    this will be Plax’s first full offseason since getting outa jail, and he didnt lose any height…I dont see them going all out munchkin wr group, and Breaston isn’t any better than Cotchery, dont forget he was a #1 before he got here(cotch)

  • PoKey21

    This is dead on. 6th spot goes to either Burress, Glireath, or Brown.