Earlier this offseason, the Pittsburgh Steelers showed interest in free-agent wide receiver Steve Breaston. The six-year veteran met with the organization back in March only to leave without a contract offer. The reason might have been because of inflammation and early arthritic symptoms in his knee.
Even after retaining wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and drafting rookie Markus Wheaton, there still is a possibility that the Steelers could add Breaston to their receiving corps for the 2013 season. In order for this to potentially happen, Pittsburgh will have to wait.
The release of offensive lineman Willie Colon will free up about $5.5 million, but that money won’t be available until June 1st.
In the event that Breaston does sign with the Steelers, it could make either Plaxico Burress or Jerricho Cotchery expendable. Both Burress and Cotchery are up there in age, and adding the younger Breaston will bring youth to the offense.
However, if one had to stay, I say that it would be better to keep Burress. With the potential absence of tight end Heath Miller during the beginning of the season, Burress could still be used as a big target in the red zone in substitute for Miller.
What could further increase the possibility of Breaston playing in the Steel City is the fact that he grew up in the Pittsburgh area.
Of course, nothing is etched in stone as far as this ordeal is concerned. However, as good as the Steelers’ offense looks now, the addition of Breaston could make it even better. We’ll just have to wait and see if this will become a reality.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller, or add him to your network on Google