Not long after the Browns trade for wide receiver Odell Beckham was reported Tuesday, rumors stirred that Perriman wanted out of Cleveland after agreeing to a contract earlier in the day. The Browns granted his wishes. Perriman will likely fill in as the No. 3 wideout in Tampa Bay behind Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.
The 2015 first-round pick finally looked comfortable in the NFL late last season, catching 16 of 25 targets for 340 yards and two touchdowns in 10 games with the Browns. His shaky track record and smallish contract suggest Perriman will need to battle for snaps, but he should at least be a lock for the 53-man roster, with potential to make an impact downfield even if his playing time is limited. For the time being, Antonio Callaway and Rashard Higgins represent Perriman's primary competition for the Nos. 2 and 3 spots at wide receiver behind Jarvis Landry.
Browns general manager John Dorsey said he wants to re-sign Perriman, who is scheduled to become a free agent, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.https://www.espn.com/nfl/player/gamelog/_/id/2972460/breshad-perriman
Released by Baltimore at the end of the preseason, Perriman briefly landed in Washington before eventually settling in Cleveland where he looked comfortable for the first time in his career. The 2015 first-round pick caught 16 of 25 targets for 340 yards and two touchdowns in 10 games with the Browns, making a bunch of big plays over the final five weeks of the season. Still only 25 years old, Perriman may lack the hands, toughness and route-running precision to successfully fill a high-volume role, but his raw athleticism proved useful once he settled in as a part-time deep threat. He could draw quite a bit of interest with the upcoming crop of free agents expected to be weak in wideout talent.
Perriman hauled in two of four targets, posting 76 receiving yards during Sunday's 26-18 win against the Bengals.
Perriman has been a downfield threat for Cleveland this season, averaging an unreal 22.7 yards per catch (albeit, on a modest 13 receptions). The fourth-year man is beginning to resemble the first-round talent Baltimore thought it was bringing on with the 26th overall pick in the 2015 Draft. He has a catch of 30-plus yards in three straight games, and a catch of 17-plus yards in six of his past seven appearances. A Week 17 matchup against his former team carries potential to buck that trend, with the Ravens allowing an NFL-low 6.1 yards per attempt this season.
Perriman caught one pass on two targets for 31 yards and a touchdown during Saturday's 17-16 win over the Broncos.
For the second straight week, Perriman made an impact on the first drive of the game when Baker Mayfield found him for a 31-yard touchdown. While the duo have connected on two deep passes in the last two weeks, Perriman's involvement on the offense remains limited. Still, he has shown he has the ability for the big play, and Mayfield isn't afraid to chuck it deep to him. Perriman will look to find the end zone for the second time in 2018 against the Bengals in Week 16.