Perriman to Bucs thanks to OBJ deal, source says

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After the Browns acquired star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in a trade with the New York Giants, Cleveland general manager John Dorsey and agent Drew Rosenhaus mutually agreed to not follow through on a verbal agreement with wide receiver Breshad Perriman, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen.

Perriman now will sign a one-year, $4 million deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the source said.

With Beckham set to join Jarvis Landry in Cleveland, the Browns will have arguably the top one-two receiving tandem in the league.

Perriman was on the street when the Browns signed him on Oct. 13 last year following the trade of Josh Gordon to the New England Patriots.

Expectations were low. Perriman, 25, was the No. 26 overall pick in the 2015 draft by the Baltimore Ravens, but he was released in September after training camp. He briefly signed with Washington, but again was released amid his reputation for dropping passes.

Given a chance by the Browns, Perriman took advantage, playing in the final 10 games — starting twice in three wide-receiver sets. As the season went on, he came up with several big plays as he averaged 21.3 yards on 16 receptions. According to ESPN Stats and Information, Perriman did not drop a pass in 2018.

He missed the 2015 season with a partially torn PCL in his right knee. He was sidelined for training camp in 2016 with a partially torn ACL and missed the preseason and one regular-season game in 2017 with various injuries.

ESPN’s Pat McManamon contributed to this report.

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