Bum Knee May Have Kept Pittsburgh Steelers from Signing Steve Breaston

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After meeting with the Pittsburgh Steelers this past week, free-agent wide receiver Steve Breaston will not get a contract offer proposed to him from the Steelers. Pittsburgh spent a lot of time prior to meeting Breaston restructuring the contracts of three of their players in the event that they were interested in signing the six-year veteran.

What could have prevented Breaston from being the latest addition of the Steelers is inflammation and early arthritic symptoms in his knee. It’s been reported that Breaston might undergo Regenokine treatment on his ailing knee in Germany. This same procedure was done on Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.

There still is a chance for Breaston wearing black and gold in 2013. The Steelers may sign Breaston, who played his high school football in the city of Pittsburgh, if he is still available later on in the off-season. However, there are still other teams interested in him. The Cleveland Browns have already met with him this past week, and reportedly, the former Kansas City Chiefs receiver is planning to meet with other teams this upcoming week.

If Pittsburgh decides to sign Breaston after his potential knee procedure, he could help fill a much-needed void at the wide receiver position. He would definitely be a big help, considering that the team’s leader in receptions in 2012, tight end Heath Miller, will more than likely be sidelined at the start of the 2013 season because of a torn ACL and MCL. In addition, the foreseeable departure of wide receiver Mike Wallace will need to be addressed.

Breaston could be an important asset to the Steelers’ offense. In four of his six seasons in the league, Breaston has had 700-plus yards receiving, with one of those being a 1,000-yard season as a number-three receiver.

Assuming that his knee improves and no one signs him, I feel that Breaston is a can’t-miss for the Steelers.

Clyde A. Speller  is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller, or add him to your network on Google


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