The Browns re-signed Greg Robinson and are looking to retain wide receiver Breshad Perriman before free agency begins on March 13.
However, it looks as though the Browns may be dealing with a situation they’ve faced before in the past.
The Orange and Brown Report’s Lane Adkins tweeted on Tuesday that contract negotiations between Cleveland and Perriman aren’t going as expected.
This isn’t the first time the Browns have had difficult negotiations with Rosenhaus especially with a wide receiver.
Two years ago, the Browns and Rosenhaus clashed over extension talks with wide receiver Terrelle Pryor in which Rosenhaus tried to get $13-15 million per season for Pryor after a 1,000 yard season with the Browns. Cleveland offered a four-year deal worth $8.5 million per season which they eventually gave to Kenny Britt.
Pryor eventually took a one-year deal with Washington and is currently a free agent after bouncing from Washington to New York to Buffalo since leaving the Browns. He also parted ways with Rosenhaus after the 2017 season.
Perriman made some big plays for the Browns offense in the second half of the season as the 25-year-old receiver tried to resurrect his career after failing as a first-round pick with the Ravens.
In ten games, Perriman had 16 catches (25 targets) for 340 yards and two touchdowns. With Baker Mayfield as the quarterback, he likes to spread it all over the field and Perriman’s 6’3 size and blazing 4.3 speed, he was a great target for last year’s top pick as a down the field vertical threat.
The free agent wide receiver market doesn’t look that strong with Golden Tate being the best one on the market with John Brown, Michael Crabtree, Adam Humphries and Cole Beasley among the other top names available.
I could see why Rosenhaus thinks that some team will overpay for Perriman’s services because of the lack of a receiver market and a lot of cap space available around the NFL but if he is overplaying his hand like he did with Pryor, Perriman is likely going to be disappointed in a few weeks.
Pryor should reach out to Perriman and offer him advice as how he should handle free agency and that Cleveland should be where Perriman needs to be to think about his long-term football future.
Pryor admitted a few weeks ago that he wishes he stayed in Cleveland instead of listening to bad advice.
If the Browns utilize Perriman the right way in 2019, he could cash in next offseason on a multi-year deal, much like Greg Robinson did by signing a one-year “prove it” deal with Cleveland on Tuesday.