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Ravens decline Breshad Perriman’s fifth-year option

May 03, 2018 - 11:05 am

By Joe Schiller

Breshad Perriman’s future with the Ravens has been a hot topic of discussion this offseason and it just got a lot clearer. The former 2015 first-round pick may be on the roster this season but that’s about all the time he has left in Baltimore.

In unsurprising fashion, the Ravens declined to pick up Perriman’s fifth-year option before today’s May 3rd deadline. He’ll officially become a free agent next offseason.

Perriman was scheduled to make $9.3 million in 2019, a number the Ravens certainly weren’t comfortable with paying.

Labeled as a boom-or-bust prospect coming out of UCF, most fans consider Perriman a bust by now. A delayed debut because of injury got his career off on the wrong foot and it hasn’t been the same since.

Perriman has totaled 576 receiving yards and three touchdowns entering his fourth season, with the bulk of the production coming in 2016. There was anticipation that Perriman would take the next step in his development but the 2017 campaign offered anything but that. He finished the season with 10 catches for 77 yards and became a regular occurrence on the inactives list.

The Ravens newly formed wide receiver depth chart plummets Perriman down to an obsolete role. Due $2.7 million this season with a $650,000 bonus at the start of training camp, there’s no guarantee he even makes the 53-man roster.

Unless there’s a sudden surge of production or confidence, Perriman faces a wealth of challenges to see any playing time this season.

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