10:48am: As it turns out, the Perriman release did not spell good news for Washington. Despite being signed just 10 days ago, Washington has also been cut, as Aaron Wilson of KPRC2 reports.
10:04am: After signing him in June, the Colts kept veteran wide receiver Breshad Perriman on the roster throughout the summer and the preseason. However, as ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports, Indianapolis is releasing the former first-rounder.
Perriman, who will turn 30 next month, never lived up to his status as the 26th overall pick of the 2015 draft, but he has had stretches of productivity for multiple clubs in his pro career. The deep threat amassed a career-high 645 receiving yards with the Bucs in 2019 and added 505 for the ’20 Jets, and new Colts offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter was on the Jets’ staff (albeit as running backs coach) during Perriman’s season with Gang Green.
Perriman came back to Tampa for the 2021-22 seasons, though he was unable to make much of an impact with the Tom Brady-led outfit, catching 20 balls for 277 yards and two touchdowns over the past two years combined. Still, it made sense for a Colts club that has some question marks behind its top two outside-the-numbers receivers (Michael Pittman and Alec Pierce) to take a chance on an experienced player who boasts a career 16.2 yards-per-reception average and a history of usefulness.
It could be that the Colts have a handshake agreement to re-sign Perriman after players who find themselves on the initial 53-man roster are placed on IR. Or, perhaps the club simply prefers to move forward with the newly-signed James Washington and younger options like Mike Strachan.
In three preseason games this summer, Perriman caught four passes for 34 yards.