Steve Breaston unlikely to sign with Browns, according to report


Don't expect Cleveland to be the landing spot for free agent wide receiver Steve Breaston.

Former Chiefs and Cardinals wide receiver Steve Breaston visited Cleveland on Wednesday, but it doesn't appear he will be signing with the Browns for 2013, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer. The wideout, who has a 1,000-yard season to his credit, was released by the Chiefs earlier this month and is now on the free agent market.

Breaston didn't play much in 2012, and was inactive towards the end of the season. He caught just seven passes for 74 yards on the year, the worst output of his career. That was the culmination of a downward trend in efficiency from previous campaigns.

After logging 1,006 yards on 113 targets alongside Larry Fitzgerald with the Cardinals in 2008, Breaston hasn't seen nearly as many passes come his way. He's also not been as productive with is opportunities. That 2008 season netted 8.9 yards per target. Breaston then dropped to 8.7 and 8.2 YPT in the successive years with Arizona.

The move to Kansas City gave Breaston his second 100-target season in 2011, but he slipped to 7.9 YPT. This past fall saw Breaston grab just 4.9 YPT in his limited opportunities.

Kansas City's struggles at quarterback have something to do with that. Breaston would fit best somewhere as a third option in the slot, and with some better quarterback play he likely still has some decent play left in the tank.

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