Kenny Britt could sign with a contender by Tuesday

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The waiver period for claiming the contract of former Browns receiver Kenny Britt expires on Monday at 4:00 p.m. If no one claims his contract, which carries a prorated base salary of $4 million for the rest of the year ($235,529 per week), Britt will become a free agent.

And if he clears waivers, Britt will be free to sign with any other team.

The question becomes whether he will, and if so when. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Britt hopes to sign with a playoff contender, if he clears waivers.

The Browns surely would like for him to be claimed, since it would take them off the hook for the balance of his salary. If he clears waivers, he can collect the balance of his pay from the Browns as termination pay and pocket whatever he gets elsewhere.

Britt had a disappointing season in Cleveland, and the Browns were certain to cut him before his $6.5 million salary for 2018 became fully guaranteed in March. But he (somehow) had more than 1,000 receiving yards for a listless Rams offense in 2016, which could prompt someone to take a chance on him, especially if the injury bug bites a contending team this weekend.

One team to watch would be the Patriots, given the affinity of coach Bill Belichick for former Rutgers players — if former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano vouches for Britt. But it won’t be easy for Britt to make an instant impact with any new team at this point, given how hard it is for skill-position players to stroll in to a new locker room at this stage of the season and figure out how to do what everyone else has been doing for months.

Still, even if Britt spends the rest of the regular season figuring out the playbook and the coaching staff and his quarterbacks, an opportunity to play in January could undo a lot of the damage that was done to his market value during a failed excursion to Cleveland.

30 responses to “Kenny Britt could sign with a contender by Tuesday

  1. Hmmm…you were stumping pretty hard for Kap to get picked up and that if he didn’t it was because of being blackballed, yet you admit it would be difficult for a WR to pick up a new team’s offense this season. I find that very……interesting I guess.

  2. This guy has been nothing but trouble so why would a contender sign a guy who needs a babysitter? Maybe if he can grow up in the next few days but I doubt it.

  3. Why would the Patriots want him? Offense is fine and Brady is doing what Brady does with what he has.

    Now, the Raiders, Seahawks, or Bills…….

  4. Patriots need to sign him. They’re free falling and need all the help they can find in the trash pile to stay relevant.

  5. JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    December 9, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Patriots need to sign him. They’re free falling and need all the help they can find in the trash pile to stay relevant.
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    Yeah those 8 straight wins have them free falling all the way to another first round bye. Geez chip it’s sad when you just mail it in. That kind of post used to be the province of the terripet sock puppet, when you don’t even bother to keep them straight it feels like your heart isn’t really in it anymore.

  6. No contender would take a guy who was SO TERRIBLE, he was CUT BY THE BROWNS. This dude’s career is over. The Browns made a mistake by overpaying a guy who was not any good to begin with.

  7. nfella says:
    December 9, 2017 at 7:31 pm
    Why would the Patriots want him? Offense is fine and Brady is doing what Brady does with what he has.

    Now, the Raiders, Seahawks, or Bills…….
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    Seahawks don’t have cap space, nor do they need/want a garbage WR. If we were to sign any cast off from the Browns, it’d be taking Kasen Williams back and placing him on our practice squad.

  8. Only contender I see even looking at him, without massive blows to WR corp, would be LA Rams & that’s only a maybe because he has a little time/ game experience with Goff (5+ games @ 24/309/2)… but no time with McVay.
    Everywhere else it’s too late into the season to mix it up, try to get into a rhythm with QB & take a chance at screwing up continuity.

  9. He will probably get a rest of the year tryout after Tuesday. Don’t really think there is a team desperate enough to pay him 4 mil to finish the year. Just a guess.

  10. This guy is a BUM
    His time is over in the NFL and just so you know……this garbage of the players running the league is history

  11. His skills are decent, but against that you have to consider why teams have been parting ways. Cleveland is just the latest of many. And thats why despite his skill level he is the last thing any contender needs to be dropping into their mix.

  12. He’s not the first player not to excel for the Browns but may do well elsewhere. They had Josh McCown and let him go. Now he’s having one of his best seasons on a team that was supposedly going to tank.

  13. And maybe Dwayne Bowe can get picked up too.
    Locker room troublemaker who rarely gives 100%. Sure sounds like the type of player a contender would want.

  14. If anyone deserves to be blackballed, it’s this guy. He played his butt off last year to get a payday this year and gave the Browns zero effort.

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