Receiver Steve Breaston's 2010 season for the Arizona Cardinals should be viewed as a disappointment. He had to have knee surgery, which caused him to have lingering pain almost the entire year. He had to live through the myriad of ineffective quarterback and he also was less sure-handed than in years past.
He was expected to make a huge contribution after Anquan Boldin was traded to the Baltimore Ravens, but never had the impact we (and he) hoped he would. He even went the entire game against the Dallas Cowboys on Christmas Day without being targeted by John Skelton and was even left on the sideline in favor of rookie Andre Roberts in two-receiver sets. This triggered an evening of interesting tweets after the game.
To make matters worse, he is not under contract for the 2011 season and there has been no discussion by the Cardinals front office and Breaston, not even preliminary talks, on a new deal.
However, Breaston did tweet out some good news Saturday afternoon.
@SBreaston15 Steve BreastonNote to the wise.... my knee is OOOOO K! Wait.... better then Ok ahaaaahaha YES! :-) #trymeifyouwant
This is of particular importance because, as Kent Somers noted some time ago on azcentral.com, the team is reluctant to commit to a player whose long-term health is uncertain.
A healthy knee should take care of that one concern of the organization. Unfortunately, at this stage, because the CBA will expire this week, it is highly unlikely that negotiations would ever begin. This is a big risk for a team with a bunch of unproven receivers outside of Breaston and Larry Fitzgerald.
In a perfect world, the players and the league will get something ironed out soon and then the teams can begin to make moves and negotiate new contracts.
I don't know about you, but I feel that a healthy Steve Breaston is almost as important to the team as Larry Fitzgerald is because of his ability to stretch the field. Getting that knee better is one step in the right direction. Here's hoping for a few more years of Stevie B.