Tampa Bay Buccaneers are signing wide receiver Breshad Perriman, a former first-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens.

Perriman, who played at UCF in Orlando, was with Cleveland last year after spending his first two years in Baltimore. The speed receiver caught 16 passes for 340 yards and two touchdowns in 2018. He has caught 59 passes for 916 yards (15.5 avg.) and nine touchdowns in his three year career.

Perriman was set to re-sign with the Browns for one year at $4 million, but balked at that deal once learning that Cleveland had traded for Odell Beckham, Jr. to play opposite Jarvis Landry. The Browns also have Rashard Higgins and Antonio Calloway at wide receiver, making it a crowded depth chart. Perriman then opted to take the same offer in Tampa Bay, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

With the departure of Adam Humphries in free agency and the trading of DeSean Jackson to Philadelphia, the Bucs were in need of a veteran outside receiver as Chris Godwin is expected to move inside to slot receiver in Bruce Arians’ offense. At 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, Perriman offers more size at wide receiver than Humphries or Jackson supplied.

Perriman ran a 4.25 in the 40-yard dash prior to the draft in 2015, which elevated his stock to the 26th overall pick. But injuries and inconsistent hands and route-running led his departure in Baltimore after the team did not pick up his fifth-year option and released him on September 1, 2018. After a brief stint with Washington, Perriman signed with the Browns.

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Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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Alldaway 2.0
2 years ago

At $4mil for a one year deal for a burner with size is nice. This allows Perriman to kick outside with Evans and shift Godwin into the slot.

Another good value signing.

SappAttack
2 years ago

Championship!!!! Not sure why this guy cant put it together in the NFL but now we have the speed element you must respect that we lost when Djax with none of the headache.

We are quietly filling needs allowing us to pick whoever we want in the draft. My guess is tomorrow some of our d-line gets gutted. Allen first

Alldaway 2.0
2 years ago

Yeah the Bucs draft is lining up to be BAP which is how it should always be. Bucs still need to add a vet guard and a vet DB. But these value signings are decent so far.

Bucsfan1983
Reply to  Alldaway 2.0
2 years ago

Iupati and Verrett :)

tpeluso
2 years ago

Thank the Giants for the assist on this one. Reports were that Perriman was set to stay in Cleveland until the Odell Beckham trade happened – at that point Perriman decided he wanted out.

tpeluso
2 years ago

Wish that these value signings were for more than just one-year prove-it deals though. If they work out then we’re gonna be in a cap crunch again next year trying to keep them all to maintain the chemistry.

Alldaway 2.0
2 years ago

His agent and Dorsey cordially agreed in unison to not go through with the deal after OBJ trade. Classy move by GM Dorsey and heads up play by Rosenhaus to find him another team (Bucs).

Rick Brooks
2 years ago

Looks like a good value signing! Let’s hope he puts it together here.

I’ve seen all the salary cap stories you’ve been running, and I’m curious about the annual increase we usually see. Is that already factored in?

bucballer
2 years ago

Former 2nd round pick. I like this signing. And he’s a speedster! Good value signing. Wonder if the Bucs might entertain a reunion with Mark Barron for depth at OLB?

owlykat
2 years ago

The reason the Ravens let Perriman go is he was inconsistent in his cuts and catching passes. But when speedster Dontae Dye was with the Bucs he had the same problems but Dye has been developed by Spurrier with the Apollos and has caught two touchdown passes after outrunning the defense. You will remember that Evans had problems dropping passes several years ago and our WR Coach developed him into a great pass receiver. BA will develop Perriman and I bet he also will lay out for passes and break them up if they are about to be intercepted unlike… Read more »

inspecto
Reply to  owlykat
2 years ago

Plus he will not be a distraction in the lockeroom.

Go Bucs !!!

owlykat
2 years ago

Just get a Veteran Cornerback next and we will be able to get the rest in Free Agency. I hope Cichy will be able to come back recovered from his injury and with White and Minter in the middle and Nassib and David on the outside we should be strong at LB with Cichy, Noah, and Bond in reserve we should be fine. Up front we will have GMC, Vea, and PFF as starters and we should get a young DE in the draft along with a rookie NT and one of our two DEs from our Practice Squad as… Read more »

macabee
2 years ago

Rick Brooks,

The cap space that is being quoted today is the actual amount the Bucs have. The actual cap increase released by the NFL has already been factored into the numbers. Prior to that release Spotrac and OTC had been using a projected cap increase number. They projected a window of $187m to $190m and it came in at $188.2m. Spotrac and OTC made a minor adjustment in projected cap space when the actual NFL cap was released. The numbers you see now are the real numbers and will only change if the Bucs cut, trade, or sign players.

thegeebo
2 years ago

Breshad has untapped potential, but looking at his production, is he really worth $4 million? I just wonder if we were better off using that $4m on a defender, and seeing what we have in Justin Watson…

GoldsonAges
2 years ago

Nice signing. Perriman looked good in Cleveland.
Evans
Godwin
Perriman
Watson
Bobo Wilson
That’s a good lineup.

SappAttack
2 years ago

yeah we don’t need to draft one now, we can stick to defense and trenches in the draft. maybe an RB now if we like someone in the 2nd or 3rd

MWD
MWD
2 years ago

I like the signing and I think being how Mike Evans is our featured receiver, you just need to place the right role players around the receiving core that can make plays as well…Another good sign is that it seems like we are getting him at the point where he is showing some big play potential so we are getting him while he’s on the up and not signing another past prime guy at a higher dollar amount. Now my concerns: We can only hope that some of our draft selections can step in and play an NFL down in… Read more »

Buc76
2 years ago

I like the local connection. he knows what playing down here is like. lot of talent. i think its a good pickup. jackson was a cancer and Humphries is not worth what hes getting paid and wont last there 4 years.

fredster
2 years ago

Another great move. Nothing flashy so far, but quietly filling needs and eliminating having to draft a WR is great.

Dman
2 years ago

Good pick-up. Get him in early to build timing and rapport with Jamies.

Would like to sign veteran CB and RB so we can focus draft on o-line, d-line and now linebacker.

Any update on Beckwith?

drdneast
2 years ago

Buc76, I agree with you that Hump wasn’t worth 9 mill here but be might be in Titan land
They run a shorter passing scheme than we do with a lot of slants and Hump will make Mariotta a better QB when he starts to scramble because the Hump is very instinctual when it comes to finding the soft spots in zone coverage.
I just hope the Hump doesn’t get killed running those inside slants Mariotta likes to throw.

BigSombrero
2 years ago

Cool. Signed Perriman for $4 million. Who’s running the ball though?

buddah
2 years ago

Really like the fact that the Bucs finally seem to get it. I really like these “prove it” signings. And the coaching staff’s confidence that they can coach talented players up. They won’t hit on all of them, but I like the strategy.