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Receiver Breshad Perriman re-joining Bucs

Pending a physical, the former Ravens first-round pick will join the practice squad.
Bucs wide receiver Breshad Perriman (19) advances the ball on a running play during a 2019 game against the Cardinals.
Bucs wide receiver Breshad Perriman (19) advances the ball on a running play during a 2019 game against the Cardinals. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times (2019) ]
Published Nov. 9, 2021|Updated Nov. 9, 2021

With Antonio Brown’s ankle injury expected to keep him sidelined for the immediate future, the Bucs are adding a known commodity to their receiver room.

Veteran Breshad Perriman, who parlayed a dazzling 2019 stretch run for the Bucs into an $8 million deal with the Jets the following season, is set to re-sign with Tampa Bay and join the practice squad pending the completion of a physical.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the signing late Tuesday afternoon.

Perriman, who starred at UCF, represents an insurance policy of sorts for the Bucs, who have been without Brown the last two games and aren’t hopeful of a return in the near future. A short video of Brown rehabbing his swollen left ankle — and clearly favoring it as he walked — was posted to Twitter late Tuesday morning.

On Monday, Bucs coach Bruce Arians betrayed no optimism of Brown being ready for Sunday’s game at Washington.

A first-round pick of the Ravens in 2015, Perriman’s spotty NFL career may have been highlighted by his lone season — and Arians’ first — with the Bucs. In five games in December, he had 25 catches (14 more than he totaled in the nine previous games in which he was active) for 506 yards and five touchdowns.

He had 30 catches in 12 games for the Jets in 2020 before signing with the Lions in March. He was cut by Detroit in August and signed with the Bears soon thereafter, but was released on Sunday without appearing in a game.

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