This is Steve Breaston’s down time, so he’s doing what he does — writing (almost always not about football), getting lost in the new video game DC Universe, and Wednesday, visiting comic giant Todd McFarlane and possibly getting a chance to write a chapter for one of McFarlane’s books.
What the wide receiver is not doing is pondering his impending free-agent status — much.
“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think about it,” Breaston said. “But it’s just for a hot second. It doesn’t linger on. Trouble starts … there is stuff you can’t control. That’s when things affect your play or take focus off other things you could be doing to get better as a player. Right now, no one knows until March, and I’m not the only person stuck in this situation.
“That’s what I have come to understand, that I’m not the only one in this situation. There are a lot of people that are going through the same thing, and not just players. There are a lot of people waiting to see what happens come March. Now, I belong to this organization, I enjoy being here and if things work out, I will be here.”
The reference to March is, of course, the looming lack of a collective bargaining agreement and what it means to not only him but the dozens of free agents-to-be. In theory, many could sign contract extensions with their own teams before the CBA expires, but with so much uncertainty, that isn’t happening much. Breaston is resigned to the idea he won’t know his future until later this offseason.
He had an odd end to the season. Battling a knee injury that forced him into surgery early in the season, Breaston missed three games before catching eight passes for a career-high 147 yards against Tampa Bay in his first game back. After the Cards had played 10 games — even though he had missed three — Breaston had 34 catches for 548 yards and was headed for a solid season.
But then his production fell as the Cards’ offense sputtered more and more. Late in the season, rookie Andre Roberts took a chunk of his playing time as well — in the last two games, Roberts was targeted 20 times, and Breaston just six. Throw in the questions the entire NFL is waiting to see answered with the labor talks, and Breaston would have reason to be uncertain.
Yet “it’s kind of hard thinking about a contract after going through the season we had last year,” Breaston said. “We can’t be complaining about money or anything like that when you team … we underachieved. We didn’t accomplish a lot of our goals. So contract-wise, I don’t worry about that. I am just going back to the basics and working hard and trying to make sure we have a better season next year. Whatever happens, I want to go back to the player I was and keep grinding.”
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