Agreeing to stay with the Cleveland Browns on a one-year deal, wide receiver Breshad Perriman changes course and signs with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
After the Cleveland Browns shocked the football world Tuesday night by acquiring Odell Beckham Jr. from the New York Giants, wide receiver Breshad Perriman was ready to back out of a verbal agreement that he had just agreed to earlier that day. Reports then surfaced that Browns’ general manager John Dorsey and Perriman’s agent Drew Rosenhaus had decided to void the verbal agreement made earlier that day, and the newly free receiver would sign a one-year, $4 million deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers instead.
A day after losing their own deep threat in DeSean Jackson, the Bucs were able to bring in another for 6 million dollars less. Perriman is a former first-round selection in his own right. He was taken with the 26th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft of the Baltimore Ravens.
In college at the University of Central Florida, Perriman had an electric Junior campaign leading to his first-round selection with 50 catches, 1044 yards, and nine touchdowns. He averaged a whopping 20.9 yards per catch that season.
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Perriman’s professional career, however, got off to a rough start as his rookie season ended with him being placed on injured-reserve with a season-ending injury. He delivered a decent showing in the preseason simply was not enough to salvage his tenure in Baltimore, and he was looking for a new team. Between his injuries and dropped passes in Baltimore, he lasted only three seasons, getting cut prior to the 2018 campaign; Perriman was picked up by Washington afterwards, but waived again five days later.
With his career looking dead and gone, Perriman received a call from the Browns part way through the 2018 season and made the most of his opportunity with the Browns. While his stats will not jump off of the page, finishing the season with 16 catches for 340 yards and two touchdowns, Perriman was Baker Mayfield’s trusted deep threat and often times found himself of the receiving end of clutch third-down receptions.
The Buccaneers are hoping that his tenure with the Browns was not a fluke, and that Jameis Winston has a trusted deep threat in Perriman, who parlayed a veteran minimum into a $4 million “prove it” deal. Looking to ride the momentum from the 2018 season, Perriman is on his way to Tampa Bay ready to make a splash.