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Bears sign veteran WR Breshad Perriman to one-year deal

The Bears have added some veteran depth to their group of wide receivers.

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The Bears have signed wide receiver Breshad Perriman to a one-year deal, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Wednesday.

Perriman, who turns 28 next Friday, spent the 2021 offseason with the Lions and was released on Monday. By joining the Bears, Perriman has joined the seventh team in his NFL career.

A first-round pick by the Ravens in the 2015 draft, he struggled early in his career but soon carved out a niche for himself as a reliable deep threat. He spent the 2020 season with the Jets, during which he started 12 games and had 505 yards on 30 receptions. The best year of his career came with the Buccaneers in 2019, in which he had 36 catches, 645 yards and 6 touchdowns.

Over the course of his career, Perriman has averaged 16.5 yards per reception. Having run a 4.35 40-yard dash out of UCF in 2015, speed has been his calling card at the NFL level. He has had struggles with drops since entering the league, but his abilities as a deep threat make him a solid depth option for Chicago’s offense.

With the signings of Perriman and Nsimba Webster, the Bears have seven wide receivers on the roster. Such incumbents include Allen Robinson, Darnell Mooney, Marquise Goodwin, Damiere Byrd and Rodney Adams. Two of the team’s three active roster moves to happen as of this writing have involved the wide receiver position, with the other being the re-signing of cornerback Artie Burns.

UPDATE: The Bears have waived Rodney Adams and also signed defensive back Marqui Christian. Also, the Perriman move is yet to be announced officially, so once that happens the Bears will need to make an additional roster move.