Veteran wide receiver Breshad Perriman has been a bright spot for the New York Jets this season — and that isn’t an oxymoron.
Even a miserable team like the Jets — who at 0-11 are coming even closer to football immortality — get the occasional positive. The New York Jets signed Perriman to a one-year deal last offseason, and the former first-round pick has rewarded their faith.
Perriman may end this season with no victories to his name, but he has a chance to become a $20 million man in the coming months.
Breshad Perriman has revived his career in recent years
The Baltimore Ravens drafted Breshad Perriman in the 2015 NFL draft’s first round, hoping he’d become an invaluable weapon for Joe Flacco.
That never happened. After missing his rookie year with a torn ACL, Perriman hauled in 33 catches for 499 yards and three touchdowns in 16 games and one start in 2016.
Perriman only caught 10 passes for 77 yards in 11 games and three starts in 2017. Baltimore cut Perriman in September 2018, and he eventually caught on with the Cleveland Browns a month later.
Surprisingly, Perriman caught fire late in the 2018 season and had 16 catches for 340 yards and two scores. That earned him a one-year deal worth $4 million with Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers last year.
In 14 games and four starts, Perriman had 36 catches, 645 yards, and six touchdowns for the Buccaneers.
It appeared Perriman had finally begun figuring things out, and he inked another one-year deal — this time, worth $8 million with $6 million guaranteed — to join the New York Jets.
Perriman is impressing ahead of free agency
Considering he is playing in an Adam Gase offense, Breshad Perriman is putting together an excellent season.
No, a stat line of 22 catches, 352 yards, and three touchdowns in seven games does not pop off the page. But again, Perriman is playing in a dismal New York Jets offense, one battered by injuries all year.
Across a full 16-game campaign, Perriman would be on pace for 50 catches, 805 yards, and seven touchdowns. An ankle injury limited Perriman’s playing time earlier this season, however.
Perriman has four games with at least 50 receiving yards this season, including a 101-yard, two-touchdown performance against Bill Belichick and the Patriots in Week 9.
Breshad Perriman could become a $20 million man next spring
Breshad Perriman has positioned himself to earn a nice payday for himself next offseason.
Perriman has improved in recent years and turned into a capable deep-ball threat. He is the type of solid receiver who can make an aging Joe Flacco, a regressing Sam Darnold, and a turnover-prone Jameis Winston look like Patrick Mahomes under center.
Perriman isn’t going to break the bank and set a new salary record. But it wouldn’t be surprising to see a team offer him a two- or three-year deal worth $20 million in total money.
If the New York Jets decide they want to draft Trevor Lawrence, they would be wise to see if Perriman is open to returning. New York has the cap space and will have arguably the top quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck in 2012.
Two other AFC East Division teams, the Dolphins and Patriots, should also consider Perriman’s services. Perriman played college football at the University of Central Florida, so he is extremely familiar with suiting up for a Florida team carrying high expectations.