Monday, February 25, 2013
Steelers, Browns interested in Breaston
By Jamison Hensley
When Steve Breaston was released by the Kansas City Chiefs last week, it looked like it would only be a matter of time before the wide receiver signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers considering his history with Todd Haley. Not so fast.
The Browns, along with the Cowboys, Titans and Lions have also expressed interest in Breaston. Soon, he'll have more suitors than passes caught last season (seven). Breaston is expected to visit Cleveland this week, according to The Plain Dealer.
The Steelers would value Breaston because of his familiarity with Haley's system. He played under Haley in Arizona and Kansas City. The problem is, the Browns can get Breaston if they want him. Cleveland has the second-most cap room in the league while Pittsburgh is about $14 million over the cap.
The Browns could see Breaston as an option to replace Josh Cribbs as a returner and backup receiver. Breaston returned punts in his first three seasons in the NFL, averaging 7.8 yards and scoring one touchdown. Cleveland, though, has another option in Travis Benjamin, a fourth-round pick from a year ago.
I still see the Steelers as the favorite to land Breaston. That is, if they can create enough cap room to get a deal done.
"I know of the Pittsburgh tradition and the winning ways, and it would be a great team to be involved with, but for me, it is all about using this process," Breaston told The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review last week. "I have to take everything in and see what would be a good fit for me and where I can come in and play."