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Breshad Perriman’s Roster Fate Could be Decided Soon

July 16, 2018 - 9:55 am

By Joe Schiller

The Baltimore Ravens enter the 2018 season with almost an entirely new receiving core. Michael Crabtree, John Brown and Willie Snead are expected to lead the aerial attack, which is great, but the Ravens’ dependence on free agent wide receivers hides an underlying problem.

They’ve struggled to develop young wide receiver talent and Breshad Perriman is a prime example.

The former 26th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft enters the final year of his contract with more uncertainty than ever. The Ravens declined his fifth-year option, likely making it his last season in Baltimore. But could the break up come sooner rather than later?

Perriman is due to make a $649,485 roster bonus by the third day of training camp. Rookies and quarterbacks are back in the building but the rest of the team returns Wednesday, giving the front office an important decision to make.

It’s been three very underwhelming years for Perriman to start his career. He missed his rookie season due to injury but showed flashes in 2016, totaling 499 receiving yards and three touchdowns. But inconsistencies last season made him a regular on the inactives list by the end of the season.

In the grand scheme of things, the roster bonus doesn’t significantly hurt the Ravens’ cap space. They could bite the bullet, play out the preseason and make a final decision before the first week of the regular season. The raw talent is still there. Perriman possesses blazing speed yet that hasn’t translated to success on the gridiron.

I’ve continued to argue training camp and five preseason games aren’t enough for Perriman to show the Ravens anything more than they’ve already seen.

With Chris Moore looking to build off a promising second season and two new rookie wide receivers, it may be best for Perriman to get a fresh start elsewhere.