The New York Jets lost one top receiver on Tuesday, but they believe they have gained another.
The Jets are signing Breshad Perriman to a one-year deal for $8 million with $6 million guaranteed, his agent told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Perriman turns 27 in September and is coming off his best statistical season.
The 2015 first-round pick by the Ravens had 36 catches for 645 yards and six touchdowns with the Bucs last season. Nearly all of that production came in December, when Chris Godwin and Mike Evans missed time.
Perriman finished the season with three straight 100-yard games and scored five of his six touchdowns in December. The Jets are hoping to get that sort of production out of him.
Earlier in the day, the Jets lost free agent receiver Robby Anderson, who signed a two-year deal with the Panthers.
The NFL’s free agency period is near, which means several of the league’s top players are about to be paid the big bucks. After that first tier of free agents are gone and the second tier is picked through, general managers from across the league will be tasked with finding diamonds in the rough — a bargain, if you will.
Here’s a look at five players who have substantial upside but are likely to come at a discounted price over the next month or so.
5. Nick Kwiatkoski, linebacker
When poring over the list of available free agent linebackers, some outside of Chicago may simply skip over the name of Nick Kwiatkoski, who earned a 72.6 Pro Football Focus grade in 2019. His statistics from a season ago aren’t going to blow the doors off of you and unless someone cuts the film, it’s easy to overlook the 26-year-old former fourth-round pick. But beyond the box score, there’s a lot to like about Kwiatkoski’s game. He’s a solid run defender and can more than hold his own in coverage, but will likely garner less attention than his counterparts, Joe Schobert, Blake Martinez and Cory Littleton. That’s good news for a team looking to add a quality inside linebacker at a team-friendly price in the aftermath of the initial free agency feeding frenzy.
4. Isaiah Crowell, running back
Isaiah Crowell was expected to take on a substantial role for the Raiders in 2019, but a torn Achilles cost him the entire season and his first true opportunity to serve as a bellcow back. Now headed into free agency, Crowell shouldn’t be forgotten about or labeled as injury-prone. Prior to 2019, he had missed just three games over his first five seasons. Assuming he bounces back from the Achilles injury, he should have relatively fresh legs for a 27-year-old. A talented all-around back, Crowell was 12th in yards from scrimmage (4,725) from 2014-2018 despite having the second-fewest touches (997) among the backs who topped that list. Making that all the more impressive? Crowell put up those numbers despite playing behind offensive lines that ranked 28th or worst in three of his first five seasons. With the value of today’s running back fading, some team is going to steal Crowell and then laugh all the way to the bank.
3. Breshad Perriman, wide receiver
Largely considered a first-round bust entering 2019, Breshad Perriman found an opportunity last season when the Buccaneers lost both Mike Evans and Chris Godwin late last season. After being unexpectedly thrust into the No. 1 role, Perriman erupted over the final quarter-plus of the season, hauling in 25 receptions for 506 yards and five touchdowns in five games to close out the year. Over that span, he averaged 20.2 yards per reception and was one of just four players with five or more touchdown receptions. In total, Perriman posted career highs in targets (69), receptions (36), yards (645) and touchdowns (six). While it may not be enough to earn Perriman a massive free agent contract, his 2019 performance will be enough to keep him on the radar of wide receiver-needy teams and may earn him a larger opportunity in 2020.
2. Ereck Flowers, guard
I’ll be the first to admit, I may have gotten it wrong when it came to Flowers’ transition from tackle to guard. I didn’t think he would improve to any significant degree simply because there were footwork flaws to his game that seemed resistant to coaching. But his time in Washington has resulted in a little crow pie for folks like myself, and that’s good news for the former first-round pick. Washington has made it clear they’d like to bring him back in 2020, but he may still hit free agency having just reset the clock on his career. Flowers finished 2019 with a 64.2 Pro Football Focus grade, which is a major step up for him, having surrendered just two sacks over 16 starts. The more time he sees at guard, the more he will improve and that’s good news for whatever team ultimately ends up signing him.
1. Kevin Johnson, cornerback
With players like James Bradberry, Byron Jones and and Chris Harris Jr. slated to command most of the attention among cornerbacks, Kevin Johnson is going to fly under-the-radar and prove to be a steal for some team out there. He took on a somewhat limited role for the Bills in 2019, spending a little time outside and some in slot, ultimately finishing the season with 402 defensive snaps. That alone was somewhat encouraging for Johnson, who dealt with seemingly relentless injuries in Houston. But beyond that, Johnson surrendered just 19 receptions a season ago, while posting a 73.6 coverage grade (73.2 overall grade) — all of which represented career highs. The former first-round pick is also just 27 years old, so there may be a lot of meat left on the bone. There is some risk involved given Johnson’s history, but that’s why he’ll likely come at a bargain.
We are more or less at the halfway point of the NFL season, meaning the most meaningful games are right around the corner. That makes this week’s action all the more intriguing. Add in the fact that the trade deadline is looming, and there’s a lot of incentive for teams to show their best selves this week to enable front offices to select the best course of action.
So who stood out and who fell short? Here are ten big disappointments from NFL Week 8.
The Bills faced very real questions about how legitimate they were as a 5-1 team. They failed to answer those questions on Sunday with a very poor performance against the Philadelphia Eagles, who had a lot to prove themselves. The Bills were gashed on the ground, giving up 218 rushing yards, while the offense barely surpassed 250 yards. The Bills have had a lot of success leaning on their pass defense and doing enough on offense, but when Philadelphia ran so successfully, that gameplan was blown up. It’s not easy to replicate, but the Bills definitely look more vulnerable now than they did before.
Absolutely dreadful in every aspect. It was no secret that the Panthers would be in for a tough day against San Francisco’s defense, and that played out. Kyle Allen threw for only 158 yards and was picked off three times, while Christian McCaffrey was basically the only player who could do anything on offense. Defensively, it was even more embarrassing. The 49ers aren’t really known for being a dominant offense, but they put up 388 total yards and 51 points on the helpless Panthers. This was bad all around.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers don’t really look like they know what they’re doing right now.
The Buccaneers produced the funniest play of the week so far on an ugly miscommunication that saw running back Dare Ogunbowale smash right into wide receiver Breshad Perriman.
Somebody obviously missed something here. Perriman was in motion when the ball was snapped, and absolutely smashed into Ogunbowale. Whether he was late or shouldn’t have moved at all is anyone’s guess. If nothing else, it’s proof that Jameis Winston’s offense is a mess.
On the bright side, we’re guessing that this was just a mistake and not the result of some weird Bruce Arians logic.
Breshad Perriman once again has a new home.
The former first-round pick has signed with the Cleveland Browns, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Perriman has been trying to catch on someplace since the Baltimore Ravens cut him at the end of camp. He had signed with the Washington Redskins, but lasted just four days on the active roster. His other workouts since then hadn’t led to anything until Saturday.
The Browns have some injury issues at wide receiver right now, so Perriman will probably get a shot, if only for one game and perhaps in a very limited role. We’ll see if he can stick beyond that.
The New England Patriots have been searching for help at the wide receiver position since well before the season began, and they worked out another once-promising player this week.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that former Baltimore Ravens first-round pick Breshad Perriman visited with the Patriots on Friday.
Perriman signed with the Washington Redskins earlier this month but was released after being with the team for less than a week. The former UCF star just recently turned 25 and was once viewed as a promising talent, but things never panned out for him in Baltimore. He caught just 10 passes in 11 games with the Ravens last season.
The Patriots already made a big splash with the addition they made to their receiving corps a couple of weeks ago, but they have struggled on offense through the early part of the year. Even if they end up signing Perriman, receivers who sign with New England midway through the season almost never pan out.
The Washington Redskins have been exploring ways to improve their wide receiver group with former first-round pick Josh Doctson struggling, and they’ve added another former first-rounder to the mix heading into Week 3.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Redskins have agreed to a deal with Breshad Perriman, who was released by the Baltimore Ravens prior to the start of the season. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media adds that Washington was in the mix for Josh Gordon before the troubled star receiver was traded to the New England Patriots.
At least one other team had reportedly shown interest in Perriman, and signing him is a low-risk move for Washington. Doctson, whom the Redskins hoped would emerge as a star, has not shown signs of taking a big leap in his third NFL season. If nothing else, Perriman should provide depth and potentially motivation for guys like Doctson.
The Philadelphia Eagles are reportedly poking around for some receiving help.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, former Baltimore Ravens first-round pick Breshad Perriman is among the options the Eagles are taking a look at this week.
The Eagles are likely looking for short-term stopgaps with Alshon Jeffery set to miss a bit of time. Perriman, once a highly-touted Ravens receiver, is probably little more than a depth signing if the Eagles even go in that direction, but they’re willing to give him a look and see if he’s worth a shot.
Former first-round pick Breshad Perriman is looking to get his career back on track.
After being released Saturday by the Baltimore Ravens in the final round of roster cuts, Perriman will reportedly visit with the New York Jets on Monday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
the 26th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, Perriman caught just 43 passes and three touchdowns over two seasons in Baltimore. Owing to his draft status, he was one of the more notable cuts as teams got their rosters to 53 ahead of the regular season.
The Jets, meanwhile, are seeking to surround rookie quarterback Sam Darnold with as many weapons as possible. Checking in on Perriman is a risk-free move.
September 1st marks one of the roughest days of the year in the NFL. Teams have to cut down their rosters to 53 players, resulting in the dreams of hundreds of men being crushed. To get a sense of how hard it can be, take a look at this tweet from Donnel Pumphrey. Though these players are being cut, their careers aren’t necessarily over; they can still be picked up by other teams or join practice squads. Still, it’s a bad sign if you’re unable to crack a 53-man roster.
Here’s a look at 10 of the most notable players who were cut on Saturday.
Corey Coleman, WR, Bills
Coleman has been in headlines all offseason, but not for great reasons. The Cleveland Browns gave up on the 2016 first-round pick by trading him to Buffalo for a 7th-round pick. He got a late start with the Bills’ offense and only had one catch in the preseason while playing with some below-average quarterbacks. The former Baylor star’s NFL career is in no way over, but his chances of becoming an impact player do not seem to be too good. Coleman had just 23 catches for 305 yards and two touchdowns last season.