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NY Jets: Will the team re-sign or decline Breshad Perriman?

NY Jets, Breshad Perriman Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
NY Jets, Breshad Perriman Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
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When the NY Jets handed Breshad Perriman a one-year, $6.5 million contract around a year ago, the expectation was that he would be able to adequately fill the hole left by the departure of Robby Anderson.

On the surface, it made some sense.

Perriman was a former first-round pick who had battled injuries throughout his career, but he showed flashes of greatness down the stretch with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2019.

The hope was that if he could stay healthy, Perriman could more than make up for the loss of Anderson and provide that same field-stretching ability. Needless to say, that’s not how it played out.

Anderson went on to have a career year in Carolina topping 1,000 yards for the first time in his career while Perriman struggled to stay on the field again. And even when he was on the field, he failed to make much of an impact.

Now a free agent once again, will the Jets decide to give Perriman one more chance?

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What is Breshad Perriman’s market value?

It’s hard to imagine Perriman’s market value being too high. He’s now signed a one-year deal in two consecutive offseasons and it’s likely he follows that same trend this year.

After flashing with the Cleveland Browns in the second half of 2018, the Buccaneers opted to bring Perriman in on a one-year, $4 million contract offering a low-risk, high-reward addition.

While he didn’t do much for the vast majority of the season, Perriman filled in for an injured Mike Evans and played the best football of his career over the last month and a half of the season.

He parlayed that into a one-year, $6.5 million contract with the Jets where he went on to start a career-high 12 games. But it’s difficult to imagine Perriman receiving anything more than a one-year deal at this stage.

Expect a similar contract to the one that he received with Tampa back in 2019.

Should the NY Jets re-sign Breshad Perriman?

It’s safe to say that Breshad Perriman didn’t live up to expectations in 2020. And that’s something that few people should be surprised about.

Perriman hauled in just 30 catches for 505 yards and three touchdowns despite starting 12 games. In more than half of the games he played (7-out-of-12), Perriman failed to even reach 30 yards.

The former first-round pick battled multiple injuries continuing a troubling theme throughout his career. And even when on the field, he failed to make the impact the Jets were looking for aside from a few brief moments.

The Jets can do better either in free agency or the draft as they will likely search for an upgrade for Perriman’s role.

Will the NY Jets re-sign Breshad Perriman?

This one seems rather simple.

Perriman was a disappointment in his lone season with the Jets and it’s hard to argue that he should return in 2021. While he had his moments — a 101- yard outing in Week 9 comes to mind — he was far too inconsistent.

And at the end of the day, the Jets shouldn’t have expected anything different. The player that Perriman was in 2020 was the same player he’s been throughout his career.

At best, he’s a solid depth receiver who can stretch the field and keep defenses honest. At worst, he’s taking up cap space while nursing injuries on the sideline.

The Jets would be better off searching for a more consistent deep threat in the offseason, preferably a younger, cheaper option. Look for someone like Auburn’s Anthony Schwartz to be a mid/late-round target that could fill that role.

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But as for Perriman, his days with the Jets are likely numbered.

Odds of re-signing: 5 percent

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