The Buccaneers receiving corps was depleted on Monday after they traded away speedy, but disgruntled veteran DeSean Jackson and then, reliable good-locker room guy, Adam Humphries, signed away with the Titans. However, on Tuesday afternoon/evening the Bucs got involved with a soap opera for the ride receiving services of Cleveland’s Breshad Perriman.
And in the end, it all directly related to the Browns eventually acquiring the Giants All Pro receiver Odell Beckham Jr. from the Giants on Tuesday night.
First, Perriman had apparently agreed to a one-year deal to remain with the Browns, with whom he just finished his first season. However, as the Beckham deal came together with the Giants, Perriman’s offer was apparently rescinded by Cleveland.
So, that’s when the Bucs swooped in and GM Jason Licht got the deal done also with a one-year contract.
After trade for Odell Beckham Jr., Browns’ GM John Dorsey and agent Drew Rosenhaus mutually agreed to not to follow through on verbal agreement with WR Breshad Perriman, per @mortreport and me. Perriman now will sign a one-year, $4 million deal with Tampa Bay, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2019
Perriman (above) is a former first-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens out of UCF. However, he has largely underachieved in his NFL career. Perriman had only 16 catches for 340 yards, and 2 TDs, while playing in 10 games in 2018.
The one thing Perriman is known for is speed and the ability to stretch a defense. And, Tampa Bay is in need of that dimension after trading Jackson on Monday night to the Eagles.
Humphries, who has been the more reliable underneath slot-receiver in Tampa Bay for the last four years, signed a four-year deal with the Titans soon after the Jackson trade on Monday night. That created a further void for the Bucs at receiver.
Now, the Bucs obviously still have their own Pro Bowl caliber pass catcher in Mike Evans and also former 2017 mid-round pick Chris Godwin has blossomed into seemingly Pro Bowl caliber prospect. And, Godwin is a weapon that can go over the middle in the offense for Jameis Winston.
As for Perriman, he now it’s an opportunity to come back to his roots and play in the same state, where he helped UCF win a Fiesta Bowl with Blake Bortles at quarterback in the early 2010s.
And, it’s a low risk move for Tampa Bay to get him on just a one year contract, too.
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