Breaston philosophical about contract situation

Posted by Darren Urban on February 3, 2011 – 11:04 am

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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25 Responses to “Breaston philosophical about contract situation”

  1. By 12Gage on Feb 3, 2011 | Reply

    will he stay or will he go

  2. By D on Feb 3, 2011 | Reply

    Do you see the cards using the franchise tag next week? Duece?

  3. By Darren Urban on Feb 3, 2011 | Reply

    D —

    RE: Franchise tag

    They don’t have to use it next week. The process starts next week (Feb. 10, I believe). Then teams usually have a couple weeks to apply it.

    I’m not sure if they will use it. But given who could walk away, it is a good option. However, if you do use it — say on Deuce — you need to be confident you can get a deal done, because the tag would overpay in the short term.

  4. By Mark in Chandler on Feb 3, 2011 | Reply

    if the new CBA is built like the previous CBA with the 4-5 years for RFA and then UFA, which of the potential Cardinal FA would be restricted under the old rules? In some regard I think this is one of the questions many teams are wrestling with. For example, if Breaston or Hightower or Lutui might be a RFA under the new CBA then that would affect whether you would work to resign them or not but you don;t know that until later. Likewise, large extensions for players undercuts the owners bargaining argument that they need to readjust salaries. And if owners give signing bonuses with new contracts then that takes the punch out of a lockout and undercuts your bargaining ploy. There is a reason there have been little or no extensions done league wide.

  5. By Darren Urban on Feb 3, 2011 | Reply

    Mark in —

    RE: “New” free agency rules

    Right now, I am operating under the assumption the years won’t change — i.e., four years makes you unrestricted, three means restricted.

    But yes, if they changed that up for some reason — say, making it five years for UFA — then Breaston, at four years, would be restricted. And yes, teams are likely taking that into consideration.

  6. By Nathan on Feb 3, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks for the blog. Breaston is one of my favorite players – he appears to have a great work ethic and attitude. I’d really hate to see him leave.

  7. By B on Feb 3, 2011 | Reply

    If the Cards don’t resign him…they’ll be sorry

  8. By Phoenixraven1 on Feb 3, 2011 | Reply

    Resign this guy! This CBA thing sucks and only affects the fans…

  9. By Joe-B on Feb 3, 2011 | Reply

    Resign him!

  10. By JK on Feb 3, 2011 | Reply


    Is there any sign on the cardinals keeping Breaston? Because i have been reading that Fitz is possibly looking at the Pats as his new home if the deal is right.

  11. By Darren Urban on Feb 3, 2011 | Reply

    JK —

    RE: Keeping Breaston

    I think your question is answered by my blog above.

  12. By Nick Pepe on Feb 3, 2011 | Reply

    Another example of a class act with talent.

  13. By Cardsfan50 on Feb 3, 2011 | Reply

    Hard to believe the team will not make some kind of effort to keep Breaston. He is by far the most experienced after Fitz. The coaches need to stop thinking Breaston can take Anquan’s old role of going over the middle and taking a lot of hits. He showed this year he is too small for that. We need a TE who can reliably catch the ball in that area, and let Breaston use his good speed down the field.

  14. By Big Red on Feb 3, 2011 | Reply

    Coach Whiz, says that QB John Skelton is going to be a great one, but how can he show his talents if all his good receivers will be gone this come season. Cards must keep Fitz and Breaston to help with his progress. What do you think Darren.

  15. By Darren Urban on Feb 3, 2011 | Reply

    Big Red —

    RE: Skelton

    I think it’s a little early to say Skelton will be a “great one,” and I’m pretty sure Whisenhunt has never said that.

  16. By brad oneill on Feb 3, 2011 | Reply

    breaston looks like an athlete with the new haircut. he kind of reminded me of sideshow bob before.

    i really hope the cardinals pay him ridiculous amounts of money because there is no doubt that he is worth it. The guy makes play after play and doesnt throw fits when fitz is targeted in the redzone. I love players like him and i believe that the organization does as well.

  17. By Scott H on Feb 3, 2011 | Reply

    Cardsfan50 –

    Ah, the tight end…what a concept! If only this team understood…

  18. By AndyStandsUp on Feb 3, 2011 | Reply

    Is his knee a factor in possibly not re-signing the Miracle Baby?

  19. By Darren Urban on Feb 3, 2011 | Reply

    AndyStands —

    RE: Breaston knee

    Possibly. But anymore, it’s tough to tell if the delay is Breaston-related, or CBA-related.

  20. By Chuck 1 on Feb 3, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t want to see Fitz or Breaston leave.
    HOWEVER, has anyone noticed that the young Steeler WRs have been putting up big numbers? Watch the Super Bowl.
    As someone mentioned in a post on a different thread, good WRs are abundant in the college ranks.

  21. By Gary J on Feb 4, 2011 | Reply

    Darren, can the Cardinals re-sign Breaston now? Or do they have to wait for the new CBA? It would be nice if they can start re-signing our guys now if we can.

  22. By Darren Urban on Feb 4, 2011 | Reply

    Gary J —

    RE: Own FAs

    Teams can re-sign their own free agents up until the league year ends.

  23. By Frustrated on Feb 4, 2011 | Reply

    Nice to see someone seriously working on life after football. I would love to see some of his work. Does he have any that is published?

  24. By Darren Urban on Feb 4, 2011 | Reply

    Frustrated —

    RE: Breaston writing

    He is working on putting together a website.

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