Some wide receiver help is finally coming for the Detroit Lions. As first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Lions are signing former Jets receiver Breshad Perriman to a one-year deal worth $3 million deal.
If you’re wondering, yes, Breshad Perriman comes from the same bloodline as former Lions standout receiver Brett Perriman, who caught 428 passes, 5244 yards, and 25 touchdowns over six seasons with Lions in the 1990s. Breshad is Brett’s son.
Breshad is a former first-round pick for the Baltimore Ravens. After missing his entire rookie season due to injury, Perriman had two uneventful seasons in Baltimore before being released. He’s since been a journeyman, spending a single season with the Browns, Buccaneers, and Jets each.
That being said, he hasn’t been a bad receiver over the past two years. In 2019 and 2020 combined, he pulled in 66 passes for 1,150 yards and nine touchdowns while notching PFF grades of 72.8 and 63.1, respectively.
Perriman’s best asset is his speed. He reportedly ran a 4.26 40-yard dash time at his pro day, and that’s not where his athleticism stops...
With pick 26 in the 2015 NFL Draft, the #Ravens selected Breshad Perriman, WR, Central Florida.— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) March 15, 2020
Though he admittedly skipped agi drills, Perriman's #RAS was 7th all time when he was drafted.https://t.co/5can4rFPgi#RavensFlock pic.twitter.com/zkhBj8rZwB
Perriman has a couple of ties to the current Lions’ staff. During his time with the Buccaneers—which just so happened to be his most successful season—he was coached under current Lions wide receiver coach Antwaan Randle El. He also signed with the Browns in 2018, when John Dorsey was Cleveland’s general manager. Dorsey is now a senior personnel executive in the Lions’ front office.
Perriman joins a completely revamped Detroit Lions receiver room that will no longer have Marvin Jones Jr., and will likely be without Kenny Golladay and Danny Amendola. Earlier in free agency, the Lions did add former Raiders receiver Tyrell Williams to help the crew, as it appears they are heavily prioritizing speed and athleticism at the position.