Alan Robinson is reporting free-agent receiver Steve Breaston and his agent are scheduled to talk with the Pittsburgh Steelers at the scouting combine, before it concludes on Tuesday.
The addition of Breaston has been heavily speculated over the past week, because of his connection to the area. Breaston is a hometown hero from Woodland Hills, plus he has played for Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley when he held the same job with the Arizona Cardinals where Breaston enjoyed the best season of his career, and when Haley was the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs where Breaston signed as a free-agent in 2011 - the season Haley was fired. Breaston could reunite with Haley to commiserate once again as people cast aside by the Chiefs organization.
Knowing the Steelers are already in a difficult cap situation, why would they be entertaining free-agents? Breaston is an experienced receiver and kick returner. With Chris Rainey no longer on the roster and Antonio Brown about to be Pittsburgh's top receiver, they will need someone to assume those duties. Emmanuel Sanders and David Gilreath had a few decent returns in 2012, while Rainey dealt with ribs and Brown nursed a high ankle sprain. Is Breaston really an upgrade over either man? Perhaps as a receiver or due to his experience.
Breaston and his agent to talk with Steelers before end of Combine
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