Report: Breshad Perriman to Sign with Bucs After Browns Trade for Odell Beckham

Megan ArmstrongContributor IIIMarch 13, 2019

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 15:  Breshad Perriman #19 of the Cleveland Browns in action during the game against the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on December 15, 2018 in Denver, Colorado.  The Browns defeated the Broncos 17-16.  (Photo by Rob Leiter via Getty Images)
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Odell Beckham Jr. is a trendsetter in more ways than one, and the most recent way showed itself after the Cleveland Browns reportedly acquired him in a trade with the New York Giants on Tuesday night.

ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen reported that Browns general manager John Dorsey and Perriman's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, have both agreed to void a verbal agreement between Cleveland and Perriman for a one-year, $4 million deal.

Now, Perriman is set to sign under the same terms with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Earlier in the evening, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com relayed that Perriman wanted out of his one-year, $4 million deal with the team because of its trade for Beckham. Perriman had agreed to a new contract with Cleveland "just hours before" Dorsey turned his attention toward finalizing the blockbuster trade.

Cabot also confirmed that the Browns traded their first-round (No. 17 overall) and third-round picks along with safety Jabrill Peppers to the Giants in exchange for Beckham.

While Beckham was acquired in a trade, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport relayed that the 26-year-old receiver wants the Browns to increase his salary in the same way the Oakland Raiders added money to receiver Antonio Brown's current contract when acquiring him from the Pittsburgh Steelers.

For reference, the Raiders made Brown's existing three-year contract worth up to $54.125 million, including incentives, with $30.125 million guaranteed, per Schefter.

Beckham is less than a year removed from signing what was at the time the highest-paying contract for a receiver. His contract extension with the Giants was for five years and $95 million with $65 million in total guarantees ($41 million guaranteed at signing).

It seems outrageous that the Browns would lump more millions on top of that, but Brown set a precedent for players having power. Ironically, Perriman was also asking for the power to dictate his own future after the direction of the franchise—specifically, his position group—drastically changed.

It seems to be in the best interest of both parties. While just $4 million, they could use that money to bolster Beckham's deal. Either way, second-year quarterback Baker Mayfield suddenly has an embarrassment of riches with Beckham joining receivers Jarvis Landry and Antonio Callaway, as well as tight end David Njoku.

Perriman landed with the Browns during last season in October. He appeared in 10 games for the team and caught 16 balls for 340 yards and two touchdowns. Previously, Perriman was drafted in the first round in the 2015 NFL draft by the Baltimore Ravens, with whom he spent two seasons.

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