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Official: Bears Sign WR Breshad Perriman, Waive LB Josh Woods

The Bears signed former first-round pick Breshad Perriman to add more speed to the wide receiver room.

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The Chicago Bears officially signed wide receiver Breshad Perriman to a one-year deal on Monday.

In a corresponding move, the team waived linebacker Josh Woods, leaving five remaining inside linebackers on the roster (Roquan Smith, Alec Ogletree, Christian Jones, Joel Iyiegbuniwe, and Caleb Johnson).

Breshad Perriman was selected in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. He played college ball at UCF, and has since signed with the Washington Football Team, Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Jets, and briefly the Detroit Lions before his recent release.

The Bears will be Perriman’s seventh NFL team in six seasons after not playing a down in 2015. Perriman is an impressive athlete, clocking a 4.26 40-yard dash, and standing 6 feet 2 inches tall.

Perriman has received 50-plus targets three times in his career, with 30-plus receptions in each of those years. He also exceeded 450 yards in each of those seasons. He has averaged 15 yards per catch in his career, proving to be a true deep threat, if nothing else.

He has received PFF grades of 64.2, 44.4, 70.9, 72.8, and 63.6 over his five NFL seasons. Perriman has sufficient experience in the slot (~20% per season) as well as at outside WR. He had some major drop issues in 2016 and 2017 but has cleaned up his hands in recent years.

The Bears WR depth chart now includes Allen Robinson, Darnell Mooney, Marquise Goodwin, Damiere Byrd, Breshad Perriman, and Nsimba Webster. This group is the fastest WR corps in the NFL, while also being the lightest and second shortest group in the league.

Perriman likely slots in as the Bears’ fifth WR on the depth chart, behind Robinson, Mooney, Goodwin, and Byrd. His athletic traits bring more speed to the Bears’ WR room, which has clearly been a goal this offseason.

Here’s a brief look at some of Perriman’s past game film:

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