Maybe Jerry Jones wasn’t kidding when he said the Dallas Cowboys are in need at every position on both sides of the ball. The latest batch of NFL rumors includes one from a Dallas-area newspaper that suggests the Cowboys are targeting former Kansas City Chiefs receiver Steve Breaston, who was cut by the team on Feb. 19.
If signed by Dallas, Breaston would likely be the No. 3 receiver behind Miles Austin and Dez Bryant, although he could face competition for that job in Dwayne Harris and Cole Beasley. Breaston had three decent seasons with the Arizona Cardinals–including a 77-catch, 1,006-yard, three-touchdown year in 2008–before signing with the Chiefs in 2011. He still caught 61 passes for 785 yards in his first season in Kansas City, but only managed seven grabs in 10 games this past year.
Breaston is obviously a talented receiver who can produce in the right system with the right quarterback; his lone 1,000-yard season came with Kurt Warner throwing him the ball while he was the No. 3 receiver for the Cardinals behind Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin. With a passer like Tony Romo, who is worlds better than anything the Cardinals had since Warner and the Chiefs have had since Len Dawson, Breaston could easily thrive in a No. 3 role again, assuming he beat out Harris and Beasley for the job.
Of course, the Cowboys really don’t have the cap room to try and sign a relatively high-profile free agent receiver right now, especially considering all the other glaring needs the team needs to address first. Besides, Breaston has already visited with the Pittsburgh Steelers and is likely to sign with them since he’s a Pennsylvania native and played for Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley while with the Cardinals and Chiefs. There’s definitely a possibility he could sign with the Steelers, but it’s unlikely.