Adam Schefter reports that Johnson signed with Drew Rosenhaus' agency and that he is still seeking a trade. Schefter also gives us some context for Johnson's switch in representation when he tweets, "keep in mind, Rosenhaus helped facilitate a trade for the Browns and his client, Emmanuel Ogbah, and got Breshad Perriman out of his deal in Cleveland."
Johnson wanted out of Cleveland after the Browns signed Kareem Hunt, but the team never budged. We'll see if Rosenhaus can change their minds.
Johnson was an afterthought on the field last season despite his ability and a change of scenery would likely be a boom to his fantasy output. If his new representation can get the Browns to budge on dealing Johnson, his landing spot would dictate his fantasy upside, but there's a good chance his new team would give him more work than the Browns did last season when he saw an anemic 5.4 touches per game.
BAL WR Breshad Perriman - 2017 Fantasy Football Outlook
Last season, Breshad Perriman showed flashes of the big-play potential that made him a first round pick in 2015. He caught 33 balls for 499 yards and 3 touchdowns, while averaging 15.1 yards per reception. Perriman has a rare blend of size and speed that makes him a potential No. 1 WR if he can ever stay on the field and become more consistent with his hands.
Unfortunately for Perriman, the Ravens signed Jeremy Maclin in the offseason, which will limit his ability to earn a starting role opposite Mike Wallace. While Perriman should win the No. 3 WR job on the team, Baltimore may not put up enough passing numbers to sustain more than one or two receivers. Perriman also needs to stay healthy. He’s already battling hamstring issues during camp, and after missing his entire rookie season with nagging injuries, it’s hard to bank on him staying on the field.
2017 Bottom Line
Perriman remains a nice dynasty stash and late-round flier, as the Ravens need a WR to break out and earn the top job on the depth chart. Additionally, Maclin is coming off an injury-plagued 2016 season, so it’s reasonable to think there’s room for Perriman to climb the depth chart through attrition. Fantasy owners should consider him a stash option on their rosters, and not draft him with the assumption he’ll be a spot starter.