Haley Taps Zona-Connection For Breaston

The Chiefs finally jumped into the free agency waters on Wednesday evening when they wrapped up a 5-year agreement with former Arizona Cardinals WR Steve Breaston.

When Breaston arrived in the desert as a fifth-round draft choice of the Cardinals out of the University of Michigan in 2007, the new offensive coordinator for Arizona was a former wide receivers coach named Todd Haley.

They will not be reconnected in a Chiefs offense that finished the 2010 season badly in need of targets for QB Matt Cassel. But since losing to Baltimore in the playoffs, they’ve added first-round draft choice Jonathan Baldwin and now Breaston to go with last year’s leading receiver Dwayne Bowe.

At 6-0, 189 pounds, Breaston is not the big receiver that NFL teams look for these days. In four seasons playing behind Larry Fitzgerald and at times Anquan Boldin, he’s caught 187 passes for 2,528 yards and 7 TD catches. He averaged 13.5 yards per catch.

Breaston also spent three years returning punts for Arizona, averaging 7.8 yards on 113 returns with a 73-yard TD return in 2007. In his first two seasons, he also took back kickoffs, averaging 21.7 yards on 95 returns. He remains the Big 10 Conference’s all-time leading punt returner (127 returns for 1,599 yards.)

3 Responses to “Haley Taps Zona-Connection For Breaston”

  • July 27, 2011  - Tenand6 says:


    In your opinion, do the Chiefs need to bring in an established RT? It would seem if the Chiefs can protect Cassel, Haley has an offense that will give D coordinators nightmares. As the kids say, “Are we there, yet?”

  • July 28, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    I agree we need a RT. Richardson is average as a starting RT. As a back up he would be solid and can play G too

  • July 28, 2011  - el cid says:

    Need a RT, yep, but really need DL. If Jackson flops or does not become what he was paid to be and if Dorsey does not have a further upside, the Chiefs are in trouble. No team has every position covered but no DL is deadly.

    Richardson, Lilja can survive being pushed by current roster personnel for another year. Except for Smith on the DL, not much push there and makes the LBs less effective.

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