METAIRIE, La. — Steve Breaston hasn’t been in the greatest of situations for a receiver to make a lasting mark in the NFL.
Not with the rotating quarterback situation in Arizona, where he spent the first four years of his career, and not in Kansas City, where he was the past two seasons.
But he’s not using that as an excuse for why he was released in February by the Chiefs. On Monday, he was signed by the Saints to a one-year contract.
“I know my situations I’ve been in, but I don’t want to make excuses about that,” Breaston said. “I just want to come in, work hard and just do my part.”
With injuries to receiver Joseph Morgan and Andy Tanner, the Saints also brought back Brent Leonard, whom the team released late this past week. The team waived kicker Jose Maltos and waived/injured receiver Chris Givens with a shoulder injury to make room for both players.
The move to bring in Breaston, however, could signal that the knee injury sustained by Morgan during Saturday’s scrimmage is worse than hoped. Coach Sean Payton said Monday that Morgan was being sent for a second opinion.
He was dragged down on the fourth play by safety Kenny Vaccaro. After getting up and briefly walking, Morgan went down in the middle of the field and had to be helped off with aid from athletic trainers.
“We worked a few guys out but Breaston is a guy who has got experience, can run and he has had a lot of snaps in his league,” Payton said.
In six seasons, Breaston has started 43 games for both Arizona and Kansas City. He has 3,387 career yards to with nine touchdowns.
Breaston hasn’t been with a team since Kansas City released him in February and realizes the difficulty in the situation found himself in Monday morning, having one shot to show a coaching staff he still had the goods.
“Just being mentally ready for when it comes to workouts,” Breaston said. “It’s one and done. You have your one chance to go out there and run routes and do a number of other things and you’ve got make the best of it.”