If Pro Football Focus and a few fans have any say and if the Philadelphia Eagles are of the same mindset, Breshad Perriman could find his way to Philly’s nest.
It wouldn’t be March if there weren’t a few rumors floating around. The NFL’s free-agency period is all about teams filling those areas of need, debates on Twitter, and good old fashioned fantasizing. Now, that the first week of what’s been dubbed “The Frenzy” is over, the Philadelphia Eagles and all of the other 31 professional football franchises will spend every waking moment between now and April’s draft (and the weeks that come after) fishing in free agency’s bargain bin.
Keep in mind the fact that, in 2017, the ‘Birds’ scored LeGarrette Blount in May and the trade for Jay Ajayi was done several weeks after the regular season was already in full swing. The task of building a championship roster is ongoing and never ends.
Recently, Anthony Treash of Pro Football Focus penned a piece on possible landing spots for every one of PFF’s top 50 free agents. He named Ha Ha Clinton-Dix as a possible target for the ‘Birds’ at safety. Well, we know that didn’t work out as Clinton-Dix signed with the rival Dallas Cowboys on March 20th, but another of his ideas is a very interesting one.
He sees Breshad Perriman as a nice addition at the wide receiver position. Here’s a quote.
"After leaving Baltimore following the 2017 season, former first-round pick Breshad Perriman finally found some success. He posted a 76.0 receiving grade in 2018 with Cleveland and a 72.3 receiving grade with Tampa Bay in 2019. Over that stretch, he dropped just one of his 90 targets, something we all know the Eagles’ receiving unit had troubles with last season. The free agency market at receiver is top-heavy, but Philadelphia, which owned the worst wide receiver unit grade of 2019, would get great value in Perriman."
Truthfully, it’s hard to argue with any of that. Perriman’s football life has been a roller-coaster ride of sorts to this point, but after being taken in the first round of 2016’s NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens and playing nicely in Year 1, he cooled tremendously in his sophomore campaign, forcing the Ravens to give up on him after two seasons. He redeemed himself in Year 3 with the Cleveland Browns in 2018 and then had his best season as a professional in 2019 as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Now was that because he’s truly turned the corner or a result of him being in a contract year? That’s the question everyone wants to know the answer to. It’s also why he remains unsigned as of 4 p.m. EST on March 22nd.
Perriman may provide value for some team as he’s still young. He turns 27 in September. Keep an eye on him as there’s a small buzz beginning for Philly to take a chance on him. We’ll see if Howie Roseman and the Eagles brass agrees. Look at it this way. They probably won’t have to give him the $7 million that Treash projects they would need to.