The Kansas City Chiefs have released wide receiver Steve Breaston, making him a free agent. The Chiefs receiver hinted at this in a post on Instagram earlier on Tuesday: "It was good working with all my KC boys..."
The bizarre ending to the Steve Breaston era is here.
I still can't tell you exactly what Breaston did or didn't do that he's now getting released. His contract isn't out of whack (he was due $3.8 million in 2013). I refuse to believe he has declined to the point where he can't crack the game day roster. I really just don't get it. I'm not even mad. I just want to know what in the world happened with his situation.
The Breaston story began way back in Arizona when he and Todd Haley were with the Cardinals. Breaston was the third receiver behind Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin, the Cardinals Super Bowl-worthy passing attack. Haley left for the Chiefs job in 2009. Breaston was coming off what is still the best season of his career in Haley's last year in Arizona.
Fast forward two years. The NFL lockout ends in late July, 2011 and the Chiefs ink Breaston to a five-year deal. Later the Chiefs would draft Jonathan Baldwin. Along with Dwayne Bowe, the future of the Chiefs receivers were set.
Until they weren't.
Breaston's time in Kansas City won't be remembered for the 785 yards he picked up in that forgettable 2011 season. It will be remembered for all the time Breaston spent on the bench in 2012 and no one could quite figure out why. The Chiefs receivers were awful last year and yet Breaston continued to sit on the bench. I still don't quite know what happened there. Breaston played in 10 games in 2012 and started only four. He only had seven receptions for 74 yards the entire season.
But Breaston is free to move on now. As a 29-year old free agent, Breaston will have options, despite what happened in Kansas City last year. He can still be a productive receiver who can contribute to a team's passing attack ... you know, the type of receiver that the Chiefs need.
Update: Brandon Albert reacts on Twitter to the move:
Not my dog Stevie Phantom— Branden Albert (@Balbert76) February 19, 2013