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Cleveland Browns, Breshad Perriman not close to new deal

Breshad Perriman was one of the best stories in the NFL last season. The former draft bust appeared on the verge of falling out of the league, but he had a resurgence with the Cleveland Browns. The Browns have made it clear they want to bring back Perriman, an impending free agent, next year, but nothing is close right now.

“Nothing is imminent in terms of his extension,” a source told Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. Kay Cabot reports that Browns general manager John Dorsey met with Perriman’s agent at the combine this past week, but it doesn’t look like they’ll get a deal done before free agency opens.

Perriman is represented by Drew Rosenhaus, one of the most powerful agents in the league. Rosenhaus certainly won’t be taking any discounts, and Kay Cabot writes that he “might want to let the market set the price” for Perriman. According to Kay Cabot, Dorsey said the interest is mutual and that Perriman wants to be back with the Browns.

Perriman was a first-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in 2015, but he quickly flamed out with the franchise. He struggled with drops, and after three injury-plagued seasons the Ravens cut him just before the 2018 season. He was scooped up by the Browns and ended up becoming a favorite target of Baker Mayfield down the stretch.

Over the final four games of the season, Perriman had 233 yards and two touchdowns. He was a great deep threat and averaged over 21 yards per reception for the season. Perriman successfully reinvented himself in Cleveland and no longer has the stigma attached to him that he did from his Ravens days.

The Browns want as much continuity as possible for Mayfield, so it makes sense why they want him back. It’ll be very interesting to see what type of deal Perriman is able to land and if he’s able to get significant guaranteed money just a year after his football career was on life-support.