A paycheck is great, but that still doesn’t mean Breshad Perriman should’ve moved on from the Buccaneers.
Above all else, the NFL is a business, and a player like Breshad Perriman has to make decisions that are in his best interest above all else. Making money is the sole goal in a professional sport, and Perriman saw a departure from the Buccaneers as a worthy move when a better deal was offered.
While Perriman is probably happy with where he is financially after a few lucrative deals, his professional future would’ve looked a lot better had he stayed in Tampa.
After a year with the Jets and the recent preseason with the Lions, where he made two million dollars, Perriman has done well finically, but he is once again looking for a new team and trying to return to the form he showed with the Buccaneers.
It may have taken some time to get into the feel of the offense in Tampa under Bruce Arians, but Perriman popped at the end of the 2019 season in a way that few people expected. This stretch was by far the best of Perriman’s career, and four great games as a starter was a huge reason he was paid so well as a free agent.
You always chase the next deal, but unfortunately for Perriman, he has regressed on the field since then. Even with eight more starts for the Jets, Perriman still finished the 2020 season with 140 receiving yards less than his one season with the Bucs.
Perhaps being the guy on teams with bad quarterbacks isn’t as great as being a role player on a team with a great quarterback. And don’t forget the Super Bowl win that also followed Perriman’s departure.
Today, the Buccaneers are obviously in a much better place with Antonio Brown as their WR3 rather than Perriman. However, the former Buccaneer WR was still very good during his lone season in Tampa.
No one on the Buccaneers would change anything about their past wide receiver decisions, but perhaps Perriman would’ve reconsidered staying on a cheaper deal had known what his future would hold.
There are still plenty of teams that could use a player like Breshad Perriman, namely the Saints or another team dealing with injuries, but the opportunity to return to Tampa seems entirely out of the question.
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