Report: Patriots picking up Kenny Britt’s option

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The Patriots brought wide receiver Kenny Britt to the team late last season and they apparently saw enough to keep him around for a longer look in 2018.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Patriots will exercise their option for the second year on Britt’s contract. Britt is set to make just under $1.5 million with another $500,000 in incentives.

Britt signed a richer contract with the Browns last year, but quickly fell out of favor in the first year of a four-year pact. He was released after catching 18 passes in nine games and caught on with the Patriots. He played three games and caught two passes in New England before taking a seat for the entire postseason.

Danny Amendola is a free agent for the Patriots, who hope to have Julian Edelman and Malcolm Mitchell back in action after they missed all of last season with knee injuries. Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan and Phillip Dorsett round out the receiving group in New England.

20 responses to “Report: Patriots picking up Kenny Britt’s option

  1. This is the type of signing that provides the Patriots roster with depth when key players go down early or late in the year. It also buffers the Patriots from giving into salary demands of players that the want to keep but not at the price dictated by an agent.

    He may get cut and still add value.

  2. deepest set of WR talent in the league. Now if they can get those guys to live up to their talent, they’ll be in good shape. Probably won’t hit on 100% of those, but this appears to be a position of strength so they can shore up their defense through the draft and free agency.

  3. This signing seems a bit odd considering his attitude and past habits. Probably insurance against possible injuries/returns of other WRs. Would not be surprised if he does not make it to the first regular season game.

  4. Wow. Two awesome receptions for 23 awesomer yards. What a year!!! Good going, Bill. You found a real gem!

  5. Bill likes to hold on to veteran guys…pay them and not play them… until they retire…(see: David Harris and Kenny Britt).

  6. gotitan says:
    March 6, 2018 at 4:54 pm
    If such a good move, why didn’t he play a snap in the post season?

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    Probably because he was picked up 3 weeks before the post season and it’s very difficult to pick up a Patriots offense that quickly.

    Also, they seemed ok on offense. Considering Brady broke the super bowl record for most passing yards.

    BB signs and drafts players for the future all the time.

    He signed 3 other guys last summer that won’t see the field until a few more months due to their injuries they had at the signing as well

  7. Unfortunately, this WR depth chart tells me they’re not gonna pay Amendola what other teams may be willing to. Hope I’m wrong.

  8. They’re going to need all the help they can get. With that awful defense, porous o-line, and geriatric, fumble-in-the-biggest-moment QB.

  9. Great pickup. As Brady’s arm deteriorates with age, he will need all the help he can get.

  10. @gotitan

    WR was not a problem for the Pats in the post-season, that and his inexperience with the Pats kept him sidelined.

    He apparently earned enough respect with his practice efforts to get picked up for next to nothing in NFL terms.

    Why is that complicated?

  11. Odd to talk about $1.5M this way, but at that “bargain basement” price, why not?

    It will be interesting to see what Britt and Philip Dorsett will look like after getting to take part in the off season program, OTAs, and a full camp. If one of those guys can turn into a reliable set of hands, even if just called on in situational roles, it will be well worth it.

    The pessimist in me wonders, however, if this isn’t a sign as to the status of Malcolm Mitchell and/or Edelman.

  12. He wasnt used much in games sure. But this was always about what happened in practice as he closed out the year. He has a rep he has to live down so Im sure this was watched. What picking up the option indicates is that he had kept his mouth shut while showing up and working hard. With his past he may have had to work extra hard putting in extra time on his own. And he would have had to show that he can absorb the playbook. So thats great if all thats been happening. If he can sustain it into next year he can find he had brought his career back to a nice place. So good stuff so far but as with all these guys sustaining it is the key.

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