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The Chiefs and NFL by beat writer Terez Paylor

Breaston signs with Saints as Chiefs still look for receiving help

08/05/2013 3:16 PM

08/05/2013 3:19 PM

Wide receiver Steve Breaston signed a contract with the New Orleans Saints, and it’s too bad it didn’t happen sooner than Monday. Presumably, Breaston joined the Saints too late to be in uniform for Friday night’s preseason opener against the Chiefs in New Orleans.

The Chiefs are almost an entirely new operation since Breaston was benched during 2012, the last of his two seasons in Kansas City. They have a new football administration, a new coaching staff and a new quarterback, so plenty of things have changed.

One thing that’s the same is the Chiefs’ need for wide receiving help alongside Dwayne Bowe. Breaston might not have been the answer even if he was still with the Chiefs. He will soon be 30, the age where skills tend to begin eroding in receivers. He had his worst NFL season last year, catching just seven passes. He has knee issues that prevented him from passing a physical until now.

So Breaston is far from a sure thing. But, one year removed from a 61-reception season in a lousy passing attack, Breaston is still more accomplished than any of the other wide receivers the Chiefs hope can support Bowe.

That’s why the Chiefs’ decision to bench Breaston last year and then release him this year without giving him a look on their practice field was puzzling. It’s one that depending on how Breaston fares with the Saints, they could come to regret.


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