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Buccaneers make move at wide receiver after Antonio Brown’s suspension

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were dealt a blow when the NFL announced a suspension for Antonio Brown, who was involved in a vaccine card scandal. Faced with the absence of Brown, the Buccaneers fortified their wide receiver group with a transaction Friday afternoon, as reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Breshad Perriman, who was waived by the Chicago Bears earlier this year, signed on with Tampa Bay in early November, with the expectation being that he would start out on the practice squad, but eventually elevate to the active roster.

Well, that came to fruition perhaps sooner than the Buccaneers thought, with Antonio Brown nursing an ankle injury and now suspended three games by the league.

Perriman makes logical sense as a replacement for Brown, having played for the Buccaneers as recently as in 2019, when he totaled 36 catches for 645 yards and six touchdowns, including three straight 100-yard games to close out the season.

The veteran wideout caught passes from former Buccaneers signal-caller Jameis Winston but will now benefit from seeing the field with Tom Brady. Perriman isn’t the flashiest replacement for Antonio Brown, but he could prove to be a savvy pickup for Tampa Bay, depending on how long they’re without Brown for.

Plus, Tampa Bay is loaded with other pass-catchers, such as Mike Evan and Chris Godwin, so they should be just fine without Brown moving forward.