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Report: Browns to sign wide receiver Breshad Perriman

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Team reportedly taking a flyer on former first-round pick as they are thin at the wide receiver position.

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The Cleveland Browns are reportedly signing wide receiver Breshad Perriman, who was released by the Baltimore Ravens prior to the start of the regular season.

The news was first reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport:

The Browns found themselves in a bit of a bind at the position after losing Rashard Higgins to an MCL sprain during Sunday’s win against the Baltimore Ravens and Derrick Willies to a fractured collarbone during Friday’s practice.

Perriman was a first-round selection by the Ravens in the 2015 NFL Draft, but missed his rookie season after suffering a knee injury on the first day of training camp. During his three seasons with Baltimore, he totaled just 43 receptions for 576 yards and three touchdowns. He also dealt with the always popular trio of injuries, dropped passes and inconsistent play.

In four career games against the Browns, Perriman had six receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown.

Perriman actually had a decent preseason with the Ravens this year, leading the team in receptions (11) and receiving yards (136). Baltimore still decided to move on, according to the team’s website, because:

Despite his size (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) and speed, Perriman played like a smaller receiver and did not give quarterbacks a consistent throwing window.

Not sure how that will play in Cleveland, but there may also not be many opportunities for Perriman with the Browns. The team still has numerous better options in the passing game, and with Higgins expected back in a game or two (unless there the Perriman signing indicates there is something going on the Browns have not revealed), Perriman may only be in brown and orange for a brief period of time.