Steve Breaston Equals Sudden Impact

This free agent rumor had been swirling for most of the day on Wednesday. But ass the day passed, Chiefs fans were beginning to get nervous that it may never happen. But as sunset approached, they were rewarded. On Friday afternoon, wide receiver, Steve Breaston, will sign a five-year contract to become the newest member of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Even before the 2011 version of free agency began on Tuesday morning, the Kansas City Chiefs appeared to have a front row seat in the Steve Breaston sweepstakes.

As some of the top receivers in the open market started to find new deals on Tuesday and throughout the day on Wednesday, Breaston's agents worked the phones diligently. They were patient and stayed on course. After they were informed that the Arizona Cardinals had no intention of making Breaston an offer to remain with the struggling NFC West team, they went shopping.

And it wasn't too long before Kansas City Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli, came to the conclusion that Breaston was the best wide receiver option for his young ascending football team.

To his credit, Pioli spent a significant time deciding which receiver he could add to the Chiefs that would compliment Dwayne Bowe and his first round pick in 2011, Jonathan Baldwin. As the search began, names such as Plaxico Burress, Sidney Rice and Randy Moss were thrown around.

All those choices had upside. But equally, they all had significant downside. So when reports began to surface late Wednesday afternoon that one of Pioli's targets, Sidney Rice was nearing a a whopping $41 million deal with Seattle, he knew he had to close the deal on Breaston in short order. And he did just that.

Breaston, who battled injuries a year ago, will be reunited with his old offensive coordinator, Chiefs Head Coach Todd Haley.

The two worked together in Arizona when Haley was the Cardinals offensive coordinator. In Kansas City, with their knowledge and understanding of one another, Breaston is going to be an intricate part of the Chiefs passing attack this season. He's also going to be ahead of the curve in regards to the offense that Haley intends to run this season.

In fact with that knowledge in hand, Breaston could line up as the teams slot receiver from day one. And if you factor in his game breaking speed, he should flourish in the Chiefs passing offense out of the gate.

In addition to all of that, he does provide long term insurance for the Chiefs in the event that Bowe bolts for free agency after the 2011 season. He can also serve as a bridge on the outside until Baldwin grasps the Chiefs offense.

But no matter where he lines up on Sundays in Kansas City, if he's healthy, Breaston is going to create more openings for Bowe, Baldwin and second year Tight End, Tony Moeaki. And that has to make Chiefs Quarterback Matt Cassel one happy camper as he embarks on his third training camp with Kansas City.

As everyone witnessed a year ago in the post season, the Chiefs didn't have any receivers step up. And that's why Pioli made the decision to add not one but two receivers in the offseason.

Because with the addition of Breaston and the draft selection of Baldwin, suddenly the Chiefs offense has another dimension that should bring some challenges to opposing defenses.

And if that trio of receivers isn't enough to do just that, those same defenses still have to contend with Chiefs All Pro Running Back, Jamaal Charles.

Now that's truly a scary thought!

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