The Kansas City Chiefs parted with two 2012 opening day starters Tuesday by releasing TE Kevin Boss and WR Steve Breaston.
Neither move is particularly surprising, with Boss spending most of his only season with the Chiefs on injured reserve after taking an illegal hit from Buffalo Bills safety Da’Norris Searcy in the second game.
There was hope he could bounce back in 2013 and team up with Tony Moeaki, who has also had trouble staying healthy.
Breaston, for his part, has not been hampered by injuries. The biggest issue for the veteran wide receiver was his attachment to the bench in 2012. For reasons still unknown, former head coach Romeo Crennel and offensive coordinator Brian Daboll refused to let Breaston on the field, even as the offense stalled.
He first came to Kansas City after starting his career in Arizona, following Todd Haley from the Cardinals. He was handed a five-year contract to play opposite Dwayne Bowe and help Matt Cassel build on an AFC West championship.
Even in a lost season for the Chiefs during his first season in Kansas City, Breaston caught 61 passes for 785 yards, good for the second best year of his career.
Now Breaston, still just 29 years old, will get a fresh start elsewhere, most likely with the Pittsburgh Steelers where Haley is now the offensive coordinator.