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Breshad Perriman is moving on to Detroit, where father Brett enjoyed best years

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Breshad Perriman is moving on to Detroit to play for the Lions, the franchise his father Brett enjoyed his best NFL years. 

As the New York Jets use this free-agency period to upgrade their offensive weaponry, one of the experiments from the more recent edition is moving on to a more personal experience.

Breshad Perriman, who joined the Jets on a one-year deal after a strong end to the 2019 season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is exchanging green for Honolulu blue after one season in the metropolitan area. (Yes, the Detroit Lions’ blue color is officially described as Honolulu.)

According to Perriman’s agent Drew Rosenhaus, through a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Perriman is set to sign a one-year, $3 million deal with the Lions.

This transfer is a bit of a personal endeavor for Perriman, whose father Brett enjoyed a 10-year career in the NFL, primarily in the Motor City. The elder Perriman posted career-best numbers with the Lions, including a 1,488-yard haul in 1995.

Perriman, a 2015 draftee of the Baltimore Ravens, continued to struggle to live up to his first-round billing with the Jets. His 505 yards were good for second on the team, but, at only 30 receptions, he failed to fill the big-play void that the Carolina-bound Robby Anderson left behind.

Perriman had ended the 2019 campaign on a strong note while filling in for an injured Mike Evans in Tampa, earning 506 yards over the final five games. Detroit will be Perriman’s fifth NFL stop, as he also spent the 2018 season with Cleveland.

After the disappointment of a two-win 2020 season, the Jets are trying to replenish their offensive weaponry through free agency. Perriman likely became expendable upon the additions of Corey Davis and later Keelan Cole, who was signed earlier on Thursday.

The Jets are also set to welcome back second-round sophomore Denzel Mims while top receiver Jamison Crowder remains on the roster for the time being.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

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