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Free Agent Profile: Breshad Perriman

The Denver Broncos have a need for a down-the-field receiving thread. Could a guy like Breshad Perriman be a good fit?

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When the Denver Broncos traded Emmanuel Sanders to the San Francisco 49ers before the trade deadline, they were committing themselves to a transition on offense. It got plenty young, especially once rookie Drew Lock took over at quarterback.

Courtland Sutton emerged as the clear number one wide receiver and one of the best in the NFL, while DaeSean Hamilton became quite a third down receiving threat late in the season. However, the key component missed was a wide receiver that could stretch the field. One free agent out there that could fit that bill is veteran wide receiver, Breshad Perriman.

What kind of contract could he get

Looking over the unrestricted free agent list on Spotrac, Perriman could end up somewhere between Randall Cobb and Robby Anderson on the pay scale. If I had to guess, he’ll be closer to the Anderson scale of 4-years, $48.15 million than the 2-years, $14.29 million estimate for Cobb. Perriman and Anderson are the same age, but with just one good season, I could see Perriman earning a few million less a year on his next contract.

Why the Broncos should sign him

He is a speedy guy who could blow the top off a defense. He ran a sub-4.3 40-yard dash at his pro day in 2015 and was drafted in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. He is coming off his best season as a pro catching 36 passes for 645 yards and six touchdowns. He also finished the 2019 season with three straight 100 yard receiving games and four touchdowns.

Unlike most wide receivers with a great deal of speed, he isn’t small. At 6’2” and 215 pounds, he have some size to go with that speed. He could be a perfect addition to a team needing some deep threat ability outside.

Why the Broncos shouldn’t sign him

The negatives with unrestricted free agents always comes down to cost. If the market drives Perriman’s contract offers up over $10 million a year, then I’d be content to see the Broncos pass and look at ahead to the 2020 NFL Draft for an over-the-top wide receiving threat.

Final word

For me, it all comes down to cost. If the Broncos can sign Perriman to an Emmanuel Sanders-like contract from a few years back: a three-year deal averaging around $10 million a year. That would be a good team-friendly type of deal for a player who needed four seasons to breakout.

What do you think, Broncos Country?


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