Nov 21, 2011; Foxborough, MA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Steve Breaston (15) warms up before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers and Steve Breaston Meet: A Clear Mistake

The Steve Breaston Sweepstakes (enter chuckle here) have officially moved to Pittsburgh.  The PPG reported that Steve Breaston is meeting with the Steelers on Thursday.

Breaston was just in Cleveland chatting it up with the Browns – a move that is more than likely just a bargaining chip for him to maximize his cash flow when he signs with either team.  Many in Steeler Nation, including some of us here at NPC, feel that seeing Stevie in a black & gold jersey would be a big mistake when the team has much larger needs at defense and little need for another slot receiver.

There is a good argument that Breaston would fit very well in Todd Haley’s Dunk’O’Matic offense.  He did play for Haley in Arizona and in Kansas City after all.  And, in my opinion, that’s a dangerous association.  Bringing someone in like Breaston to this offense says nothing about Haley’s pulling power of a player in free agency.  Breaston is coming off his poorest season to date, no thanks to Romeo Crennell.  It’s unclear why Breaston was benched for so long in 2012, but it doesn’t help his stock as a well sought after player – he is talking to Cleveland you know.

Breaston even visiting Pittsburgh exemplifies the bull headedness of Haley.  There’s something about Breaston that Haley really likes, and probably wants him on this team in a bad way.  But, Breaston is not the answer to the woes of a fractured offensive locker room.  Would Breaston act as a leader for the Young Money Crew Minus One?  Or is the hope that he just becomes more productive than Jerricho Cotchery has been the last two seasons? Stevie is more than likely to try and get at least $2 million for a year or two – too expensive for my tastes at this time in the state of the franchise.  The team could easily find a solid receiver in the draft – no one explosive quite like Mike Wallace’s potential, but someone young and fast that could compliment Antonio Brown’s ascension to the #1 roster spot.

There’s no free agent receiver out there that the Steelers have the buying power for.  And there’s not sense in wasting the cash on landing someone.  $12-20 million over the 2013 salary cap is quite an obstacle to overcome, even with Lawrence Timmons, Antonio Brown, and Ben Roethlisberger already compensating for some of that by restructuring contracts.  If Breaston signs a deal with the Steelers, I think he’ll end up the way former KC Chiefs Leonard Pope did last season – high hopes to fit right in with Haley and then becoming highly unproductive and worthless.


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  • Todd Williams

    I agree with you, Craig. It already feels like we’re mortgaging our future to have a serviceable team this year. This is just unnecessary in my opinion.

  • Defenseman

    I disagree, and Craigs whole article is rendered pointless and uninformative when he states “If Breaston signs a deal with the Steelers, I think he’ll end up the way
    former KC Chiefs Leonard Pope did last season – high hopes to fit right
    in with Haley and then becoming highly unproductive and worthless.” Pope was signed by the Steelers to be a backup that would play little no none (or does Craig think Pope was going to replace Heath Miller?) and Pope did what was asked of him the very little that he played. Breaston is an excellent cheap signing for the Steelers.

    • Dom DiTolla

      Your entire immature response is actually rendered pointless and uninformative when you said that “Breaston is an excellent cheap signing for the Steelers.”

      Last time I checked, the Steelers had Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders on the roster, so I’m not sure Breaston will be given a starting job over those two and a possible high-draft pick, as playing time will be sparse.

      Furthermore, why would the cap-strapped Steelers let go of Jerricho Cotchery who is set to only make $1 million in Base Salary this year for a player like Breaston who made over twice ($2.05 million) that amount in base salary last year with the Chiefs? I should also mention that Breaston is coming off of a season in which he only recorded 7 Catches. Furthermore, it’s not like he adds anything new or different to the current WR corps as a whole. Can he stretch the field? Does he possess a big frame for work in the Red Zone? No.

      Overall, the former Cardinal and Chief would likely be a backup and Special Teams contributor at best unless Sanders, Brown, or someone else gets hurt. Sorry to burst your bubble my friend, but the Steelers can find a younger, cheaper, taller, and possibly even more talented player in Rounds 1-3 of the Draft than Breaston.

      Thus, I must ask: “How will he be an excellent and/or cheap signing for the Steelers ?”

    • Craig

      Pope was signed to be a #2 TE. That was the point. David Paulson was not ready to be in that role, and they dumped Saunders after his suspension and problems. Tell me in what way did Pope do what was asked of him? The Steelers use a ton of two TE sets, and Pope was absent from those formations often. How was Pope valuable?

      Breaston is not excellent, and he won’t be cheap.

  • Mary Ann Zimmerman

    we have enough ex cheifs on our team now

  • Noah Fabian

    the steelers had the #1 ranked defence last year and the 21 ranked offense. they do not need to focus on defence