October 28, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Steve Breaston (15) warms up before the game against the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium. The Raiders won 26-16. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
As we move ahead, progressing towards the draft, and eventually OTA’s, mini camp, and finally training camp, we continue to look for ways to improve the Jets roster. They have done so with mid-level signings such as Antonio Garay, Mike Goodson and Willie Colon.
We know that the Jets don’t have a lot of salary cap room to work with. A big splash is not forthcoming. But, there are a lot of mid-level free agents still available that can help a roster. After scouring the wire, there is a receiver out there with a lot of potential, and has shown some of it in the past. He would play a decent part in lifting an anemic offense. That guy is Steve Breaston.
The man is only 29 years old, he should still have plenty in the tank. With the Arizona Cardinals in the past, Breaston was able to distinguish himself, despite having Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald around him. Despite everything, Steve recorded 77 catches for 1,006 yards and 3 TDs. That’s not too bad, considering that on one side of you is an All-Pro (Fitzgerald), and a guy just behind him (Boldin). Not too shabby at all.
After a couple of additional seasons in Arizona where Breaston put up 700+ yards, remember he was still behind Fitzgerald, he moved along to Kansas City. In 2011, for a 7-9 Kansas City team, Steve ramped his receptions up to 61, to go along with 785 receiving yards and 2 TDs. 2012 is a wash as he was sidelined for much of it with a knee injury.
So, take Breaston’s last complete season, 2011, and put it into the New York Jets’ roster from 2012. He would have been second in receiving to Jeremy Kerley. Don’t you think that our anemic offensive football team could have used a receiver that has had 1,000 yards in the past, and consistently has been a 7-800 yard guy? They sure could.
As he has always been a secondary wide receiver, Steve Breaston isn’t likely to come with a high price task. If the Jets could sign this guy for one year, with a small salary, and some incentives…..why not? He is a talented guy, he has to at least be worth the phone call. Don’t get me wrong, he must check out completely healthy with the knee. If in doubt, don’t try it out. But if they can clear him, they should have him a call. Breaston could pay big dividends, with a low risk.