Should The Rams Take A Chance On Wide Receiver Kenny Britt?


Sep 22, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt (18) catches a pass against the San Diego Chargers during the first half at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

In just a little less than a week teams will be able to start talking contracts with other teams free agents and then next week teams will be able to sign those free agents. Although the Rams may not be able to sign a big name free agent, that doesn’t mean they will let free agency come and go.

One big position of need for the Rams wide receiver, they need a big play guy on the perimeter. One target that the Rams may go after is Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt. It is highly unlikely that the Titans will re-sign the wide receiver and  they are not expected to do so.

Given the fact that Rams head coach Jeff Fisher was the one who draft Kenny Britt in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft, it would not be surprising if the Rams gave Britt a shot.

Fisher has brought two of his former players from Tennessee over the past two off seasons with cornerback Cortland Finnegan and tight end Jared Cook. Britt could very well be added to that list.

Britt has been pretty much nonexistent in Tennessee ever since Fisher left, as has only had 974 total receiving yards and seven touchdowns over the past three seasons combined. In his first two years Britt had 701 yards receiving and three touchdowns in 2009 and then had a career high 775 yards and nine touchdowns in 2010.

With that said Britt would be a low risk, high reward for the Rams. Britt is 6’3 223-lbs and is exactly what the Rams are missing on the outside, that big body that can also stretch the field.

They would be able to sign him for a pretty cheap price, but there is the possibility that he could turn his career around and become  their number one receiver that makes big plays.

Like a lot of the smaller name free agents, they come with their baggage and have their red flags. The big things that jump out with Britt is that he has his off the field issues. Since joining the NFL, Britt has been involved with the police nine different times. Fisher has a history of taking chances on players with off the field issues, and given the fact that he knows Britt, he might be a player Fisher takes one of those chances on.

The second big flag is that Britt hasn’t produced well since his second year in the league when Fisher left. His best season since his big year in 2010 was in 2012 when he had 589 yards and four touchdowns, both of which were actually better than the 2013 numbers of supposed number one receiver in St. Louis now, Chris Givens.

Given the history of Britt and Fisher and that Britt comes with a low-risk high-reward, he might be a player that the Rams would take a chance on. The problem with Britt has never been his skill set but his off the field issues, if he can stay out of trouble, he can be a difference maker.