The New Orleans Saints have added another experienced veteran to their wide receiver corps.
Free agent Steve Breaston agreed to a one-year deal with the Saints after a workout at the team's Metairie headquarters Monday, first reported Steev Volin of the Boston Globe. Terms of the deal are unknown. Breaston's agent confirmed the signing to WWL Radio Monday afternoon.
The move comes a day after reports that veteran free agent wideout Laurent Robinson agreed to work out for the Saints on Monday.
The addition of Breaston, who practiced with the team on Monday afternoon and wore number 85, comes in part because Saints wideout Joe Morgan looks set to miss signicant time. Saints head coach Sean Payton would not give specifics on the injury but shared that a second opinion would be sought out for Morgan.
Unsubstantiated internet rumors suggest that Morgan, one of several Saints wideouts to suffer injuries during the team's Black & Gold scrimmage Saturday, may have suffered a meniscus tear. Morgan is the closest thing to an established NFL deep threat on the current New Orleans roster. Breaston may be able to help lessen any potential experience and speed deficit.
Good news came for the receiver unit when Marques Colston took the practice field for the first time in training camp. The Saints top receiver started the preseason on the PUP list due to a foot problem. Payton noted that an conservative approach will be taken with Colston in terms of snaps and participation moving forward.
The University of Michigan product left the Cardinals for the Chiefs in 2011 after two years in the desert for a five-year deal, $23 million deal. The Chiefs released Breaston this past February. He reportedly met with the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers earlier in the offseason.
The six-year veteran who turns 30 later in August has 225 career grabs for 3,387 yards and nine touchdowns. Breaston (6-0, 190) managed just seven catches for 74 yards in 10 games last season. He passed on knee surgery recently to pursue therapy options for persistent knee swelling and the early-stages of arthritis.
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