CLEVELAND — In the aftermath of the stunning trade on Tuesday night that brought All-Pro wide receiver Odell Beckham to the Cleveland Browns, Breshad Perriman has decided to go elsewhere.
The free agent, who had agreed to a one-year, $4 million dollar deal to come back to the Browns for 2019, will instead head to Tampa Bay per a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen.
The Cleveland Browns took a chance on Perriman at the midway point of the 2018 season and the results were fruitful, as he proved to be a down-the-field threat for quarterback Baker Mayfield and fellow pass-catcher Jarvis Landry on trick plays.
And Perriman had initially decided Tuesday that he wanted to run it back with Mayfield, Landry, coach Freddie Kitchens and the Browns.
According to Ian Rapoport, a national insider for NFL Network and NFL.com, Perriman agreed to a one-year, $4 million deal to return to the Browns for the 2019 season late Tuesday afternoon.
The reality of competing for playing time with Beckham, Landry, and Antonio Callaway, apparently caused Perriman to reconsider a return to Cleveland.
Perriman joined the Browns prior to their Week 6 game against the Los Angeles Chargers, and despite having little time to acclimate to Cleveland’s offense, he quickly became a favorite target of Mayfield and Landry.
Perriman turned 16 catches into 340 yards, an average of 21.3 yards per reception, and two touchdowns. Perriman hauled 66 and 63-yard receptions in wins over the Carolina Panthers and Cincinnati Bengals, respectively, at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Literally, Mayfield and the Browns came out firing in a win over the Panthers on December 9.
On first-and-10 from the Cleveland 25-yard line, Mayfield took a snap under center, faked a handoff to running back Nick Chubb and rocketed the ball down the numbers on the left side of the field, where Perriman had gotten behind the coverage of Panthers cornerback Donte Jackson.
Perriman secured the catch at the Carolina 19-yard line and stumbled his way to another 10 yards before being brought down inside the 10.
Two plays later, Landry ran in for the touchdown from three yards out.
Then, against the Denver Broncos the next week, Perriman was on the receiving end of a circus-like touchdown reception.
Facing a third-and-nine from the Denver 31-yard line, Mayfield muscled the throw down the field toward Perriman. The 6-foot-3 receiver outleapt veteran defensive back Tramaine Brock and high-pointed the ball just short of the goal line.
As Perriman fell to the turf, he secured the catch and maintained possession all the way through the play for the touchdown, which included a hard landing and a five-yard roll out of bounds.
Against the Bengals in Cleveland on December 23, Perriman was on the receiving end of a pass from Landry.
The Browns’ second scoring drive of the game covered 70 yards in just three plays in large part because of Landry. On first-and-10 from the Cleveland 30-yard line, Landry took a double-reverse pitch from wide receiver Antonio Callaway and fired a throw to Perriman for a 63-yard gain.
Landry’s throw moved the Browns from their own 30-yard line to the Cincinnati seven.
Landry caught the pitch while running from right to left across the formation, and then, he slowed to a stop, brought back the ball, found Perriman with a step on a defender and fired the throw to the right side of the field.
The throw traveled 54 yards in the air, and then, Perriman accounted for another nine yards after securing the reception.