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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Could Steve Breaston land with Steelers?

By Jamison Hensley

The Pittsburgh Steelers won't be able to sign many free agents with their salary-cap situation. But one who will certainly interest them is wide receiver Steve Breaston, who was cut by the Chiefs on Tuesday.

A favorite of Todd Haley, Breaston played under him in Arizona and then followed him to Kansas City in 2011. Haley is now the offensive coordinator for the Steelers, so it's not difficult to connect some dots.

The Steelers are going to have a void at wide receiver because they're not expected to sign Mike Wallace. Emmanuel Sanders would likely be elevated to the starting lineup but there are concerns whether he is durable enough to start a full season.

Breaston, 29, is a solid slot receiver who isn't as big of a playmaker as Wallace but he has been dependable in Haley's offense. Breaston averaged 60 catches from 2008-11 before falling out of favor with Romeo Crennel last season. Breaston caught a career-low seven passes for 74 yards and zero touchdowns in 2012. His base salary for the 2013 season was $3.8 million but he will be had for a much cheaper price this offseason.