Initial Reaction – New York Jets Sign WR Breshad Perriman

Joe Caporoso with initial reaction to the New York Jets signing WR Breshad Perriman to a one year deal

The New York Jets worked towards filling the hole left by Robby Anderson by immediately pivoting to signing free agent Breshad Perriman to a one year deal with 6 million guaranteed. Perriman’s contract continues Joe Douglas’ pattern of making a concentrated effort to have no contracts bleed into the 2021 season…

Perriman is a former 2015 first round pick who flamed out with the Baltimore Ravens (Chad Alexander connection!) but then showed some life with the Cleveland Browns in 2018, compiling 25 catches for 340 yards with a pair of touchdowns. Last season, when injuries struck late in the season for the pass happy Tampa Bay Bucs, Perriman took advantage with 36 receptions, 645 yards and 6 touchdowns. Nearly all of his production was concentrated in the team’s final three games, each of which he went over 100 yards in, highlighted by a 3 touchdown performance against the Detroit Lions.

Perriman has a good combination of size and speed. He is 6’2, 215 pounds and recorded a blazing 4.25 forty yard dash before the NFL Draft. He struggled with a range of injuries and drops throughout the early part of his career but the Jets are banking on him carrying his late season Tampa Bay production over to their offense.

This signing mirrors the George Fant signing in some ways, where the Jets are betting on a player consistently meeting their physical potential and overcoming previous injuries/inconsistencies in their offense. Similar to Fant, the Jets will have a one year out on Perriman’s contract which can increase in value up to 8 million dollars if he produces.

While no GM should have praise lavished on them for doling out a high volume of contracts with easy outs after one or two years, since it is a very common practice in the NFL, there is clearly a pattern to what Joe Douglas is doing this offseason. The Jets are acting like a team who will be evaluating their coaching staff in 2020 and wants the flexibility to approach the 2021 season with as near to a clean slate as possible if they continue to be who they have been in the past…an approach Jets fans should be encouraged by. Whether you want to hear it or not, betting on Adam Gase to make the Jets a playoff team in 2020 is not a smart bet.

Perriman is not as good or as proven as Robby Anderson, don’t let your green goggles convince you otherwise, but he was a reasonable Plan B based on the available market. Hopefully, the Jets continue to address wide receiver in the NFL Draft…

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the EVP of Content at Whistle Sports