So much for the Brady free agency effect.

Some speculated that by signing quarterback Tom Brady other free agents would flock to Tampa Bay. So far that hasn’t transpired. In fact it couldn’t keep the Buccaneers from losing one of their own late on Tuesday evening.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston and WR Breshad Perriman
Bucs QB Jameis Winston and WR Breshad Perriman – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Free agent wide receiver Breshad Perriman, who was a key contributor down the stretch after injures sidelined Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, is signing with the New York Jets according to his agent Drew Rosenhaus.

Perriman will reportedly make $6 million on a one-year deal, and with incentives it could be as much as $8 million.

The former Ravens first round pick notched 36 receptions for 645 yards and six touchdowns playing 645 snaps as the Bucs third receiver.

Tampa Bay was hoping to retain Perriman, but apparently weren’t willing to meet Perriman’s offer from New York.

The Buccaneers have Scotty Miller and Justin Watson sho saw playing time last season to compete for the spot and also re-signed Bryant Mitchell earlier this month. Tampa Bay’s need for another receiver could change their draft strategy, moving the position higher up in their draft plans.

Earlier on Tuesday free agent running back Peyton Barber came to terms on a deal with the Washington Redskins reportedly for two years, $3 million. The Bucs went thought to be interested in signing Barber.

 

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]

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  1. Those suggested replacements certainly aren’t Perriman. I think he was worth the six million.

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  2. Why do you even need to include Brady in this article? Did you actually think that Perriman was going to take less to sign here? You’re disappointed? We lost out on Perriman because the Jets were willing to offer more money. Simple as that. I’m happy for him.

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    • I can’t point to countless articles and comments on PR that suggest..nay..guarantee that free agents would be knocking down the doors a Bucs Place for a chance to paly with Brady. That’s why his name was mentioned.

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  3. Too much money for what the Bucs want to do this off season. Wish them both good luck.

    I suspect the Bucs can sign a vet WR and vet RB on one year deals for less than what Barber/Perriman signed for combined.

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  4. Are you worried the Bucs are going to go broke Alldaway. If it’s not your money, don’t worry about it.
    I like Barber and wish him well. He was a banger and not afraid of getting the tough yards inside.
    But apparently both players were more content to play for money than a chance for a legitimate shot at the playoffs.
    The Jets and Redskins are like the Bucs used to be before the acquisition of Brady,

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  5. I think the Bucs are looking for more of a possession receiver who can readzone coverage like Adam Humphries used to do. A player I think Winston really missed last year.
    Imagine what fun he would have with Brady this year if he was still here.
    Hopefully Watson and Miller will be able to fill those roles this year and both seemed to be developing this year.
    As far as Barber, I think Arians is looking for more of a receiving RB than Barber. I think the Bucs paid him the same amount of money last year.

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  6. Bucs need to build depth across the board so it is smart the Bucs did not overpay to keep Perriman as a #3 WR.

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  7. One thing is for certain, Brady won’t be playing against the Bills.Dolphins and Jets six times a year anymore.
    The NFL south is a considerably tougher division than the NFC East but it will be fun to watch Brady tossing against Brees twice this season.

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  8. Congrats to Payton and Brett, but I expect upgrades to both of those positions for next year.

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  9. We need someone to stretch the field, but his up to $8mil could be spent better somewhere else. Scotty Miller can hopefully excel in year 2 and any WR they target in the Draft will be to fill his role. Can’t keep everyone and we still have th me best 2 out of 3. Can’t expect everyone to stay if someone offers more money. Plus, Brady has nothing to do with this because it was Perriman wanting time be a #1 or #2 and not 3rd or 4th or 5th in line of targets. Not a big deal, no a huge loss, interested to see how they spend the $14mil they have to spend in FA (or however much it is).

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  10. 6 MIL? Lol ciao! Don’t let the door hot your a$$ on the way out. That dude basically got paid 6 MIL because the 3 meaningless games at the end of the year with no Evans for any of the 3, and Godwin for 2 out of the 3. Through the 1st 9 games he had 11 catches for 140 yards and a TD. No thanks for that price. 3 MIL should have been the Bucs magic number. Glad they didn’t overpay. Like someone said, he doesn’t fit the 2020 offense like he did the 2019 offense. They need a possession receiver

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  11. Edelman.

    Go Bucs!

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  12. BUCS should go get a possession receiver to go with the best 2 receivers in the league and a running back who can hit the holes and catch the ball I am sure there’s guys who would love to play here with a chance to win

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  13. Nobody can blame a player for taking a better deal. Perriman got a nice one. Best of Luck to him. Make your paper my man. There is no such animal as loyalty nowadays. Its becoming..Every man for himself.

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  14. This was bound to happen and we all knew it. Perriman was inconsistent and not at all high on the priority list. I would’ve been happy seeing him resign, but not at this price. Same with Barber…I believe Suh is the number 1 priority at this point and rightfully so. I’m happy for these guys getting the deals they got and wish them well. It just wasn’t in the cards with the Bucs’ current situation.

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  15. I think Perriman is worth $6,000,000 a year. The only problem is, he actually “played” less than half of that. I would have liked to have him back for $3,000,000. Wish him well but we can use the money elsewhere.

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  16. “So much for the Brady free agency effect.”

    Well stated Mark Cook.

    I thought all the best players would line up to play for peanuts just to have the chance with the great Tom Brady and straight shooting coach Bruce Arians. Oh well.

    Jets and Redskins both have young quarterbacks that the skill guys can grow with. Tom Brady is at the end of a great career, which coincidentally, is why Hump passed on Pats in 2019.

    Perriman and Barber weren’t necessarily great players, but we’ve seen plenty of great players sign with other teams already. Meanwhile, since Brady was made official, the Bucs have reduced Cam Brate’s contract, re-signed Andrew Adams and Kevin Minter, while adding perennial Colt backup lineman Joe Haeg.

    At least Chris Godwin is forced to stay in Tampa for one last year.

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  17. Geez Cook and sombrero , are you always this negative or are you intentionally doing so.

    I think the only place I heard something about FAs being more interested bc of Brady was through Shefter. I don’t think I heard the Bucs camp say anything about it one way or another. I figure they are just sticking to their plan and it players price out of their plan, good for them and move on. I’m betting we don’t miss Barber or Perriman next season one bit. I’d much prefer drafting a RB early and also taking advantage of this deep WR class for our 3rd spot.

    Or I also see Demarcus Robinson and Devonta Freeman are still available. I wouldn’t be upset about that if we could get them on the cheap 😉

    GO BUCS !!

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  18. Jdgamble Big sombrello wanted to use franchise on Jameis pay him 32 mil and be forced to give Barrett huge long term deal because tag used on QB.
    He is a Jameis to the end type
    He was against any other QB coming here last 6 months. He Thinks 30 INT and fumbles was fault of receivers not putting there hands where Jameis throws the ball.

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  19. 6-8$M for a guy that didn’t show up until week13? He padded his stats as a #1WR. He’s irrelevant as a #3-4WR even with the NFL’s two leading receivers lined up next to him.. didn’t do anything for us on special teams either

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  20. Bucs lose “key contributor” Perriman!

    Usually when we use the word key it’s in reference to unlocking something…. Mark Cook what exactly was Perriman responsible for unlocking besides the 4 game stretch where we basically watched Winston sink his career trying to hit him…

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  21. Not sure why we expect guys to take less than their fair market value when they’re still early in their careers. Good for Perriman to land that deal. Barber took a pay cut – from $3.0m last season to $3.0m for two seasons. If the Bucs wanted him, they certainly didn’t want him that much, which is fine, but guys with short careers need to make the most of it.

    My question is what about Suh. He’s made a pile of money, so why isn’t he considering taking a little less to play here. Or again, are the Bucs expecting everyone else to take less when Brady didn’t. Point being, pay guys what their worth and don’t expect some phantom discount. And don’t try to rationalize the TB signing by telling us guys will sacrifice just to be here. So far the only guy to do that has been Brate, but he was expected to restructure anyway.

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  22. Mark – I’m surprised at you and your uncalled for swipe at Tom Brady … what are you, still wearing your Seminoles colors and butt-hurt that Brady took Winston’s job?

    Must be.

    In any case, virtually every sports pundit when talking about Perriman stated that he’s a free agent and likely, because of his performance in 2019, would be able to earn more money elsewhere than the Bucs would be willing to pay. And that is exactly how it worked out and would not have mattered who was under center. It was about the bucks, not Brady.

    There are a number of quality slot receivers out there in free agency, and this year’s draft is loaded with receiver talent, making it not very cost effective for teams to pay big bucks for anything but a no. 1 or 2 wide receiver, which Perriman is not, at least not as long as we have Evans and Godwin, who aren’t going anywhere.

    As for others who want to come to the Bucs to play with Brady, who wouldn’t want to play with the GOAT? I mean, really, who wouldn’t? But the point is, wanting and doing are two entirely different things. It takes not just a willing player, who would be willing to take lower pay to play with the GOAT, but it also takes a willing Bucs franchise, including GM and head coach, to bring in anybody to the roster.

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  23. This draft is so deep in WRs that we could end up getting a really good WR in the later rounds like we did Godwin. No worries!

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  24. Good point Matt.

    A deep WR class makes the most sense for the Bucs to obtain one drafted WR from this class, and further develop Watson/Miller. Throw in a veteran to challenge them with Schnelly and Mitchell and you have another tough WR competition.

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  25. Eh Not much lost.

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  26. Perriman has never put together a single good season since he was drafted. He’s worth 3-4 million/year imo. He won’t do much in Jets crappy offense. They over paid, but that’s their problem.

    As far as Brady bringing people in and at reduced rates, dream on folks. Who wants to come here for cheap and play 1-2 years tops with a franchise that in 1-2 years will be looking to find a franchise QB, head coach, like they have for 2 decades?

    This is a young team on the rise. The defense was single biggest issue for last 5 years not Winston. That’s a fact, but you all can dream it wasn’t. The defense showed great improvement second half last season. I hope it continues, but to assume it will in NFL is foolish.

    I doubt anyone is drooling to come here thinking we are super bowl bound this season after floundering like a total joke for 5 years with no defense, run game, or kicker.

    They have a good chance for playoffs now and optimistic, but they have to improve O line. Start fast and play well all year on defense, and get another good RB. If all that happens and they stay healthy will see.

    Go Bucs!

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  27. The plan all along is to bring AB, I know there are a lot of you that will hit the thumbs down to bringing the best Receiver to ever breath air to Tampa.
    However, there are planning on it.

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  28. BigSomb- Why all the hate after Bucs chose to move on from Winston? I get it, you had strong feelings the turnovers would be corrected. Truly thinking objectively, you CAN make a credible case for or against that. You may be right..who really KNOWS? 31 other NFL teams, at the very least, have similar views to BA. To be fair, NFL teams have been proven wrong before both for and against players. My hope is you get over this “pit” in your stomach. Do what few do on these posts…provide very good substantive analysis on your thinking”

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  29. Yup. And if there was a 2 thumbs down button I would have hit that just as enthusiastically. Also, seems like we have a 2nd BOB in here, where you just scroll to the end of the post hit thumbs down without reading it and move on. I don’t know what saying “I thought everyone wanted to play with Brady” comment has to do with any of this. They do, just not for free. Before Brady, the Bucs couldn’t get a big name FA to save their life. They would have to overpay just to get someone in here. At least with Brady, they can now get guys at their market value, or at least 90% of it. A player that can get 15 MIL for 3 years isn’t just gonna come here for 3 for 10 MIL. Or is this your first time following sports. Only players that would do that are long in the tooth vets that have already made a ton of money and just want a chance at a ring. Even then, there’s at least 5 other teams I feel are a safer bet to get to a SB than us. Now in Perrimans case, the guy has been a career bust, he finally showed some hint that he isn’t hot garbage who does nothing but drop the ball and run 9 routes because every other Bucs WR was hurt, and Jameis needs to throw it 50 times a game. So obviously if someone is gonna offer him 6 MIL for 3 good games, of course he’s gonna take it. I don’t blame him one bit. All I care about is it wasn’t the Bucs who gave it to him thank god. Also, you ever think that maybe there is plenty of players wiling to play here but the Bucs are being picky with who they sign at this point?

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  30. Matt your comment was spot on about not spending a top pick to get Perriman’s replacement. In fact the best replacement for Perriman is Trevon Grimes who at the combine ran as well as Perriman did in the 40 yard dash. Grimes was a 5 star recruit after starring for St. Thomas Acquinas HS helping them win two State Champions in football and he was a track star there too and was ranked one of the top WRs in the USA. He played for both Ohio State and the Gators. He is 6’5” and over 200 lbs. and has better hands than Perriman. He will be a late pick only because he did not get any thousand yard seasons since the Gators were loaded with top WRs and a great TE and threw to all of them.

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  31. Is Perriman $7 million dollars better than Agholor? Because both have signed. To me they are very similar players. So now I know the Bucs can get a decent 3rd WR for the minimum or close to it.

    Phillip Dorsett seems like an obvious choice for the Bucs & Dorsett because he can play the slot and is familiar with Brady. He is also only 27yrs old.

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  32. I know one player so far who took a pay cut to play with Brady – Carmon Brate. That may be the “players” that the previous article was talking about. We will see if anyone else substantial resigns with Tampa. It seems that Jason Piere Paul is staying around as well. He made north of $15 million a year when the Giants traded him including his signing bonus. This time in resigning he took only $27 million over two years, or $13.5 million a year – so he gave $2 million back like Carmon Brate did. If others (like Suh) do the same, the Bucs save cap space to sign another free agent. If not, they have $4 million for one free agent between those two players so far.

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  33. its a lot of better wr out there then Trevon grimes.i donot care he from st Thomas acquinas hs.

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  34. I am still shaking my head @ Mark thinking Perriman was key. He should have been cut before mid season last year for a supplemental….and now he is key???? okay

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  35. @Dbuc63 and other Buc fan friends… I know most everyone is happy about the Brady signing. He’s a stand up guy and is considered the best to play the position in the history of the game. That was then, this is now. I’ve watched quite a few Patriots games from 2019 with all the time on my hands.

    Brady simply isn’t the same guy he was 3 years ago.

    I feel pissed the Bucs have screwed themselves again by letting a young gun who was maturing get away. If the Bucs had traded for Aaron Rodgers or signed Drew Brees, I would feel the exact same way. Again, great players and human beings, but they’re at the end of their careers. It’s a short term solution, that will likely yield zero championships.

    And Brady wasn’t the reason the team won last season. He just didn’t lose games for them, unless you count the two most important games: week 17 vs Miami or Round 1 vs Tennessee. They even had a weak schedule, a top 5 defense, and excellent coaching. I am very skeptical that it will translate to anything worth noting.

    Im thinking best case: it’s more like Jeff Garcia with the Bucs than Peyton Manning with the Broncos.

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  36. @magobee. Perriman and Agholor are not similar players. They couldn’t be more opposite if they tried. Perriman is a big, fast(oddly not very physical at all), bad hands, with a very limited route tree. Agholor is small, a greate route runner, mediocre speed, also doesn’t have the best hands, and is more a chain moving possession receiver. And also Dorsett is not a slot receiver. He’s more of an outside receiver. Very fast, more of a deep threat. Even though last Year in NE he seemed to play more of the chain moving possession receiver role. But that’s ultimately not how his skill set is best served. And @BigSombrero, nobody said Brady was the player he was 3 years ago. He doesn’t need to be. He just needs to bring his age proof football IQ, accuracy, and TO free football. And what does maturing have to do with Winston being let go? Does maturing translate into smart QB play or wins? No his version of maturing involved turning the ball over 35 times when he had the best group of pass catchers in the league. Maybe you like to give QB’s 6 chances to stop turning the damn ball over. All I can say is thank god you don’t make any personnel decisions for the Bucs roster

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