The NY Jets have reportedly signed free-agent wide receiver Breshad Perriman just hours after seeing Robby Anderson sign with another team.
As first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Jets have signed Perriman to a one-year, $8 million contract that comes with $6 million in guaranteed money.
This comes just hours after reports emerged that the Carolina Panthers had signed nor-former Jets receiver Robby Anderson to a two-year, $20 million deal. Now, the Jets have signed their fallback option.
Perriman was originally drafted in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. The speedy deep threat out of UCF was considered a fringe first-round talent, but the Ravens took a chance on Perriman because of his speed and big-play ability.
But after just two seasons in Baltimore, Perriman was kicked to the curb.
He spent one season in Cleveland in 2018 failing to make much of an impact, but his 21.3 yards per reception was proof of his big-play potential. It wasn’t until he joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, however, that his career truly took off.
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Perriman was a perfect fit for the Buccaneers’ offense and he finished with career highs in every receiving category. Playing behind the superstar duo of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, Perriman hauled in 36 receptions for 645 yards and six touchdowns.
It was an impressive resurgence, aided by the fact that he played in 14 of 16 games — the most since his rookie season. Now, Perriman will join a Jets offense that just lost its most dynamic receiver.
There’s no doubt that Perriman is a more limited receiver than Anderson was. He isn’t nearly as polished of a receiver and his downfield efficiency isn’t as strong either. But he fits the same mold and adds a dynamic element to the offense that the team had just lost.
If Anderson was going to depart, Perriman was always the best fallback option.
There are questions that will be raised regarding his fit in the Jets’ offense. Head coach Adam Gase’s system doesn’t allow for many throws downfield and instead relies on yards after the catch.
That’s not exactly Perriman’s strong suit.
But the Jets needed speed and a big-play threat with Anderson leaving. Joe Douglas knew that and had a deal lined up with Perriman in case that happened.
The Jets still have plenty of work to do at receiver, but signing Perriman at least gives them another experienced option who could fill the same role as Anderson.
The 2020 NFL Draft will be when the real rebuild begins.