Would You Rather: Sign Robby Anderson or Breshad Perriman in NFL Free Agency

Max Staley
Robby Anderson and Breshad Perriman are two of the best deep threats available on the open market.
Robby Anderson and Breshad Perriman are two of the best deep threats available on the open market. / Emilee Chinn/Getty Images

A year ago, there wouldn't have even been a competition between Robby Anderson and Breshad Perriman. Perriman was widely regarded as a bust, never having reached 500 receiving yards in a single season, while Anderson had racked up 2,280 receiving yards over the first three years of his career.

Of course, 2019 was something of a lateral year for Anderson, as he didn't show much improvement, while Perriman enjoyed a breakout campaign. With both wideouts specializing as deep threats, let's break down which free agent you'd rather sign this offseason.

Robby Anderson Free Agency

Anderson is one of the league's most under-the-radar big-play threats. He's averaged at least 14.0 yards per reception with at least 40 receptions in all four seasons since entering the league in 2016. The only other receivers to accomplish that during that stretch are Julio Jones and Tyrell Williams.

While he's also been durable (just two missed games), Anderson has had some concerning off-field issues in the past, which does make a significant investment in him a bit riskier. But pure deep threats like him don't come around too often, so he should be in line for a pretty big pay day.

Breshad Perriman Free Agency

If Anderson is a risk because of those off-field issues, signing Perriman is a gamble due to his limited track record. As mentioned above, he had never had more than 500 receiving yards prior to this season, when he broke out with 645. Of course, 506 of those came over the final five games of the season, as Chris Godwin and Mike Evans dealt with injuries, thriving as a featured wideout.

Teams will have to weigh whether that increased production is a sign of things to come, or if it was a product of playing in the league's most pass-heavy offense. On the bright side, though, Perriman's limited track record should mean he's available at a significantly lower cost than Anderson.

At the end of the day, Anderson is the more accomplished receiver, and he's likely going to be given a much bigger pay day. But if the off-field issues and price tag are too concerning, Perriman would be an excellent consolation prize.

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