Oct 20, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt (18) flips San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tarell Brown (25) after Brown broke up a touchdown pass intended for Britt from Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker (10) (not pictured) during the second half at LP Field. San Francisco won 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Rams Like Their Chances to Land Kenny Britt


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The wide receiver position has been widely discussed by fans of the St. Louis Rams throughout the entire offseason. While none of the free agent class has particularly thrilled the Ram faithful, and much of the focus has shifted to the upcoming NFL Draft. However, there is one player, Kenny Britt of the Tennessee Titans, and former player under coach Jeff Fisher, that the Rams feel “optimistic” about signing.

Rams general manager Les Snead, in an interview with ProFootballTalk, said Thursday that he feels the Rams have  a “better than 50 percent chance,” of signing the former Titans wideout. Rams coach Jeff Fisher also chimed in, adding:

I will stand behind what [Les] said. We’ve been down here and pretty busy, but I’m hoping that sometime very soon we’ll get something done.

It seems apparent that Rams personnel feel there is still potential in the 2009 first-round pick, a player that has experienced countless on-and-off-the-field issues since 2010. Whether it is the numerous knee surgeries, his multiple arrests and citations for traffic violations, driving under the influence, or his role in a Nashville bar fight, the former Rutgers star has not shown he is mature enough to take his game to the next level in the NFL.

So what can Kenny Britt do for the Rams? If they are able to work out a contract, he can, under ideal circumstances, provide experience and (admittedly, to this point, unrealized) potential, as well as an element of explosiveness and downfield pass-catching ability the Rams have sorely lacked over the last few seasons. Will Britt ever be a star? Doubtful, but, on a short-term, team-friendly deal, he could help diversify the Rams offense and serve as an excellent placeholder while the younger receivers continue to mature.

What can the Rams do for Kenny Britt? It is well known that Britt had his best two seasons under Jeff Fisher in Tennessee. it is possible that Fisher can help Britt become a more mature player and person and realize some of the potential scouts saw during his final season in college. The Rams can provide Britt with a stage to prove he still has what it takes to succeed in the NFL. It is unlikely that many other teams would feature Britt as heavily in their offense as would the Rams, should they make the signing.

As for now, it is still unknown where Britt will decide to go. Right now, we must simply hope that, if the Rams bring him aboard, it is a low-risk contract. The potential has always been there with Kenny Britt. If everything comes together for him, the Rams could steal one of the biggest free agents of this year’s class. But for now, all we can do is sit back, and as Kenny Britt himself said on Twitter, “wait on it.”

 

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  • tvandenbark

    Nicely done. But I wonder how much the presence of Britt would slow development of young corps (take away snaps/targets)

    • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

      I doubt Britt will be taking away reps since Jeff Fisher has been hyping Austin and Bailey having a big part of their passing offense. At least Britt would give the Rams a cheap “veteran option” with history with Jeff Fisher.

      • tvandenbark

        I’m not saying he jumps in and takes over #1 wr role. However the only way he doesn’t take away reps is if he doesn’t see the field, and then what’s the point?

        • David Moore

          I’m not too worried about reps, but him being a bad influence does concern me. The Rams already have some young players with a checkered past; we certainly don’t need a vetren to agg on bad off the field conduct to the young guys.

          • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

            Well it depends on how coach Fisher handles players with checkered pasts. He’s a type of coach who can handle high risk/high reward players very well (the other is Bill Belichek). Janoris Jenkins and tru johnson manage to keep their baggages in check, Rok Watkins, Titus Young where given the boot without any hesitations, Jo-Lonn got released, Pead got relegated to special teams duty. A good coach is willing to balance the talents of his roster.

            As long as he’s is signed to a one year 1-2 Million (non guarantee) contract I’m fine signing Britt. He’s fairly young and I believe he’s mature enough.

            HOF Cris Carter has similar bad starts in his career but he was great in his later years.

        • ricdram

          I agree with you ” t ” ! I DO NOT WANT KB. Lets go with the existing receiving corps. + SWatkins . Let the comp. begin
          for roster/playing time.

      • Gary Stewart

        cesar my thinking is if britt takes away snaps from anyone it is going to be givens who isnt big and seems to have trouble with short to intermediate routes and of course pettis who may still be on the team if we get britt but certainly is gone if we take britt and then draft a wr early

        • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

          With the Rams offense operating in a more balance attack. 35% of the offensive reps will be given to Zac Stacy and 15% to the other RB’s with the remaining 50% distributed among WR and TE’s there will be no clear no. 1 wide receiver in this offense. Britt would at least provide them the veteran option.

          Givens, Quick, Austin and Bailey will continue to improve because the coaching staff is basically the same for 3 straight seasons now.

  • tru

    I’m gettin fed up wit dis guy. He’s not good enough for an anticipated move. Like who’s really a Kenny Britt fan? He showed promise in his first two years, but Wat have u done for us lately? I wouldn’t mind him wearing a Ram’s Jersey, but all this xtra is jus uncalled for. Make up ya mind already. F+×kin Diva

  • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

    I’m fine with the Rams giving him a “prove it” contract for 1 year. He has played good under Fisher might as well give it a shot.