With the impending loss of wide receiver Mike Wallace to free agency, the Pittsburgh Steelers have to determine how they are going to go forward with their wide receivers corp. One possible scenario for the Steelers is to sign free agent wide receiver Steve Breaston to help bolster the depth chart.
If we assume that Wallace and also wide receiver Plaxico Burress leave via free agency, it would leave Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders as WR1 and WR2 respectively. This is a tandem that I believe most Steelers fans can get behind and feel pretty confident going into the season.
But if you look at WR3, WR4, and WR5, things get a little dicey. Veteran Jerricho Cotchery and David Gilreath appear to be in play for the third and fourth wide receiver, and a litany of untested youngsters who don’t exactly inspire confidence.
So, word is the Steelers are considering Breaston who most recently played for the Kansas City Chiefs, I would assume to take that WR3 role and play primarily in the slot with Brown and Sanders. Breaston has had a nice six year NFL career. He’s had 1 1,000 yard receiving season, and three more topping 700 yards. He’s also always been more of a fill in starter than a full time starter, and appears to be good in that third wide receiver role. His size is interesting as he’s long at 6-1 with long arms, and while a little thin he’s a tough guy and not afraid to go over the middle.
My take-Talent wise Breaston makes a lot of sense. He would fit that third wide receiver role with ease. He’s an experienced veteran who would be able to integrate into the offense quickly. The only snag in it is about money. This team is cap strapped in a big way, so if Breaston wants to play for a contender he needs to do so without asking for an arm and a leg. This team could easily draft a slot receiver in this draft class in the 4th round who would be very talented and be very little financial risk, so the Steelers front office needs to weigh out the risk/reward of signing a veteran like Breaston over drafting a rookie.