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Breshad Perriman's Roster Fate Remains in Limbo

June 01, 2018 - 10:38 am
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By Joe Schiller

The Baltimore Ravens have completely revamped their wide receiver core this offseason and currently have 13 on the roster, 14 counting the hybrid role of Vince Mayle. History tells us that only 5-7 receivers will be on the 53-man roster, making for plenty of intriguing competition this offseason.

Highlighted among the position battle is Breshad Perriman. Entering the final year of his rookie contract, the Ravens declined Perriman's fifth-year option, effectively making him a free agent come the 2019 season. But given the current state of the depth chart, Perriman could hit the open market sooner rather than later.

Perriman was a boom-or-bust prospect coming out of UCF in 2015 and so far has proved to be a bust in Baltimore. A combination of injuries, inconsistencies and a lack of overall confidence have made him a regular on the healthy scratch list. Even with a decimated receiver core last season, the Ravens chose the likes of Michael Campanaro, Chris Moore, and even Quincy Adeboyejo late in the regular season when they were still competing for a playoff spot.

That speaks volumes.

It’s been a frustrating tenure for both sides and Perriman is due a $2.7 million payday this season, a number that certainly isn’t breaking the bank for the Ravens. However, this is dubbed as a “proving offseason” for Perriman, but will he have enough of an opportunity to really prove himself?

The Ravens won’t have to make final roster cuts until the final weeks of the offseason but Perriman faces an uphill battle. Every player looks good in shorts during OTAs while training camp and the preseason don’t provide ample competition.

I’m not sure the offseason will give Perriman the chance to showcase anything more than we've already seen at this point and that doesn't do anything but hurt his chances to make the 53-man roster.