The former first-round pick and draft bust with the Ravens revitalized his career in Cleveland last year and the Browns did not want him to get away as an unrestricted free agent. John Dorsey said at the Combine he’d had multiple conversations with the UFA wideout, and it appears the Browns were serious about bringing back the 2015 first-rounder.
After joining the Browns midseason, Perriman had 233 yards and two touchdowns the final four weeks of the year. He clicked right away with quarterback Baker Mayfield and the 2018 No. 1 pick has one of his best weapons back in the fold.
Considering Perriman’s upside and this year’s lack of firepower in the free agent WR market, this appears to be a strong value for the Browns. Cleveland’s 2019 receiving corps could look quite similar to its previous contingent, with Jarvis Landry and Antonio Callaway coming back. The Browns also tendered wideout Rashard Higgins at the original-round level.
It’s possible Cleveland will add a big name via trade or through free agency, but it appears to like its most recent group.
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