All was far too quiet on the Cleveland Browns front early in free agency, but moves are beginning to trickle in. After signing defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson on Tuesday morning, the Browns have now re-signed Breshad Perriman.
Breshad Perriman was a feel-good story for the Cleveland Browns in 2018. After being cut by the division rival Baltimore Ravens, Perriman’s career looked to be just about over.
But, the Cleveland Browns took him on at a bargain bin price and he actually produced for them in the second half of the season. Despite limited playing time, Perriman showed promise. Now, his efforts will be rewarded.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, that partnership will continue for at least one more season as the Browns signed him to a one-year deal.
Sure, this definitely seems like a “prove-it” deal, but it’s perfect for both sides. First off, the Browns got Perriman back on a fantastic, team-friendly one-year deal, with barely any real consequences. If Perriman blows up and becomes the receiver the Ravens drafted him to be, fantastic. If not, oh well, it’s only four million the Browns sent on him, and he’s not locked up long-term.
For Perriman, this deal is his second chance at life in the NFL. After the Ravens kicked him to the curb, Perriman looked like one of the biggest first-round busts in recent memory. But Baker Mayfield and the Browns were able to bring him back from the dead, and now he’s getting real money and a chance to prove himself. Breshad Perriman is in the driver’s seat here, and that’s perfect for him.
All in all, this is a low-risk deal that could produce hefty rewards for both sides. Perriman was highly touted coming out of UCF in 2015, and he’s in the perfect situation with a young, rising quarterback.
The Browns made the right move here in retaining Perriman. Whether or not he is the only wide receiver John Dorsey acquires this offseason, time will only tell. Welcome back to the Dawg Pound, Breshad Perriman.