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Ravens Reportedly Will Pick Up Breshad Perriman’s Roster Bonus

July 20, 2018 - 8:58 am

Breshad Perriman is set to become an unrestricted free agent following the 2018 season but he’s sticking around for the time being. The fourth-year wide receiver is due to make a $649,485 roster bonus on Saturday and the Ravens will reportedly pick it up, according to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley.

It’s been an up-and-down career for Perriman since entering the league as a first-round pick in 2015. Injuries kept him off the field and the struggles to find consistency on the field have put his roster spot in question for the upcoming season. Not to mention, the Ravens made an emphasis to completely revamp the receiving core, adding a slew of new talents from veteran free agents to rookies.

Just because the Ravens picked up Perriman’s roster bonus does not guarantee him a roster spot. It’s rather an extended look to see if he can prove his worth on the 53-man squad. For a small price to pay, the team feels justified with training camp and five preseason games to see if Perriman can translate his size and speed on the field.

There’s also a chance the Ravens could look to trade Perriman before the start of the season. His career stat line (43 rec, 576 yards, 3 TDs) isn’t anything to get excited over but he’s still only 24-years-old with intangibles that could intrigue an opposing team. If the Ravens could potentially get a late-round draft pick before the season, it’d be better than cutting Perriman or letting him walk in free agency for nothing.

For a player that will look to build his confidence back up with a new season, the first training camp practice didn’t provide much help according to Hensley and other media in attendance. Perriman reportedly received groans and mock cheers during pass-catching drills.

Roster math is going to be extremely difficult to figure out this season. Each spot will be key for a team that is at a crossroads and facing one of the most pivotal seasons in franchise history.

The front office will have to decide if keeping Perriman for the regular season justifies taking away the roster spot of another potential contributor.