Browns coach Freddie Kitchens will need to scrap the plans he had for wide receiver Breshad Perriman.
Perriman agreed to a one-year contract extension worth $4 million with the Browns on Tuesday afternoon but developed a desire to back away from the deal after learning the team agreed to trade for New York Giants superstar receiver Odell Beckham Jr. on Tuesday night, a person familiar with the situation confirmed. The source said the two sides mutually agreed to not follow through with the Perriman deal.
Then ESPN reported Perriman agreed to sign a one-year, $4 million contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Another source confirmed the deal.
Perriman, 25, is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at 4 p.m. Wednesday, when he'll be able to sign with the Bucs.
“Breshad’s a good football player,” Kitchens said Feb. 27 at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. “Breshad had more success with us than he has had with anybody else, so, of course, we’ve got plans for Breshad moving forward, and hopefully we get him back.”
Plagued by injuries and dropped passes, Perriman flopped with the Baltimore Ravens after they drafted him in the first round (No. 26 overall) in 2015. They cut him Sept. 1, and Washington did the same Sept. 22 after a four-day trial.
The Browns signed him Oct. 13 because their receiving corps had been riddled with injuries, and he suddenly resurrected his career, catching 16 passes for 340 yards and two touchdowns in 10 games, two of which he started.
Perriman, 6-foot-2 and 211 pounds, gave Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield a big, fast, deep threat with whom he developed trust.
Left side duo
Entering this offseason, Perriman and left offensive tackle Greg Robinson were the only key impending unrestricted free agents the Browns hoped to retain.
They signed Robinson to a one-year, $7 million contract extension on Feb. 25. Like Perriman, Robinson didn’t meet the expectations tied to his draft status and is now with his third NFL team. But Robinson, the second overall pick in 2014, played well as the starting left tackle in the final eight games of last season.
“It was fun playing with Greg last year,” captain and left guard Joel Bitonio said Tuesday. “I think we developed a real good chemistry as the year went on, and now we’re going to have all of OTAs and all of training camp to really continue to develop that. He’s a big guy. He’s strong. He’s athletic.
“When he learns the playbook and when he learns the offense, he does a really good job of understanding what to do. And that’s all you can really ask and hopefully we can continue to improve as a group and be even better for our team.”
The Browns announced they re-signed defensive tackle Carl Davis, whom they claimed off waivers from the Ravens on Sept. 2. They also agreed to re-sign linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong, a league source confirmed. NFL Network reported Armstrong's deal is for one year and worth $2.25 million.
Both players had been scheduled to hit unrestricted free agency on Wednesday.
Davis, 27, appeared in five games last season and had one tackle. The Ravens picked Davis in the third round in 2015, the same year they took Perriman. Davis has appeared in 33 career games with 12 starts and has 31 tackles and a half sack.
Armstrong, 28, appeared in nine games with the Browns last season and had four tackles. He signed with the Browns on Oct. 25, two days after the Giants cut him.
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