Was I surprised that the KC Chiefs cut Steve Breaston?
Yes, I was.
The Chiefs don't appear to be in the position to be eliminating talent at the receiver position. Dwayne Bowe could maybe probably be back. Jon Baldwin has done nothing at the NFL level. Dexter McCluster is a complementary piece. There's no obvious talent coming through the pipeline right now.
I thought Breaston sitting last year was just some crazy decision by Romeo Crennel, and that when Andy Reid got to town he would see that Breaston could contribute. Apparently not.
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All that said ... there were plenty of signs that this thing was over.
For Breaston, you could've seen the receiver coming up on 30 years old who just posted the worst numbers of his career and couldn't get on the field with one of the worst offenses in the NFL. That perspective could explain Breaston's release a little more. Also: Reid and Romeo are apparently friends. Wonder if they chatted about it.
So, yeah, I was surprised but it's not like I couldn't see at least some of the rationale behind the decisions.
Were you surprised the Chiefs cut Breaston?
Below is a list of people who were surprised and others who knew it all along.
Not a surprise. RT @kcchiefs_reid: Chiefs release Steve Breaston, Kevin Boss.— Art Vandelay (@B_Full_of_Booze) February 19, 2013
@jetsdraftnik surprised, figured Breaston would stick.— Hank Jones (@Jagfan1996) February 19, 2013
Why would they release Steve Breaston and Kevin Boss??— Derrian Noel™ (@TheRealDNoel) February 19, 2013
The Miracle Baby is on the market. No surprise after DNPs down stretch. MT @mikegarafolo: Chiefs released WR Steve Breaston & TE Kevin Boss.— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) February 19, 2013
Not surprised by the release of Breaston & Boss had been told they were on the cutting block.— Nick Jacobs (@Jacobs71) February 19, 2013
Surprised the Chiefs cut Breaston. Thought he'd get a legit shot at regular PT with Reid/if Bowe left.— Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) February 19, 2013
#Chiefs Not shocked by Breaston, Boss cuts at all. More to come on blog— Bill Williamson (@espn_afcwest) February 19, 2013
Breaston was a healthy inactive for a bunch of games last season with the Chiefs. Easy call to cut. Only had 7 receptions in 2012.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) February 19, 2013
Not surprised by either cut, Breaston gave up last season and due 4 mil this year. Boss is unreliable w/ concussion history #chiefs— Richard Agee (@TheRichardAgee) February 19, 2013
Chiefs release Steve Breaston. I'm a little surprised. I watched him a lot in college and still think he could be a solid slot receiver.— Alex Kortan (@Alex_Kortan) February 19, 2013