Kenny Britt files injury grievance against Patriots

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Among the many moves that the Patriots made at wide receiver heading into the 2018 season was releasing Kenny Britt on August 22.

There was hope that Britt could make an impact after joining the Patriots late last season, but his offseason work was limited by a hamstring injury he suffered in the spring and continued to deal with throughout the summer. That injury is at the heart of a reported grievance that Britt has filed against the Patriots.

NFLPA records, via Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, show that Britt has filed an injury grievance seeking the $1.05 million salary he was set to make this season. Wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell also filed an injury grievance against the team after getting cut this year.

Britt and the team can work out a settlement. If they can’t, an independent arbitrator would hear the case.

Forty percent of Britt’s projected salary counts against the cap with the grievance filed and the NFLPA’s most recent cap update shows the Patriots with just under $1.27 million in space.

24 responses to “Kenny Britt files injury grievance against Patriots

  1. jerruhjones says:
    October 3, 2018 at 8:13 am
    Great signing, Bill! bwahahaha….

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    He was injured. Your comment is ridiculous and nonsensical.

  2. It was a great signing….who could have foreseen him getting a nagging hamstring injury at time of signing??….

  3. Not sure why Mitchell is filing a grievance…. he’s had bad knees since his college days…. Pats carried him all last year & he still couldn’t get on the field this year….. I guess he’s out nothing for filing one…..
    Britt on the other hand got hurt at training camp…. that seems more legit I guess…

    ON ANOTHER NOTE ALL TOGETHER: The Pats are 1.3 million under the cap…. I thought they didn’t pay anyone???
    Again those comments are just as uninformed as usual….

  4. Wait? You mean it’s possible the mighty Patriots may have done something wrong and against the rules? No! I just can’t believe it! LOL!!

  5. It would be interesting to know his health status now. Is the hamstring healed? If not, why not? I would think that would be on the player at this point. If it is healed, then he should be able to catch on with another team that needs a receiver.

  6. I’m a little confused. From the NFLPA site’s FAQ: “To have a valid injury grievance, the player must file within twenty-five (25) days of when he is released by the club. If a player wins an injury grievance, he gets the salary he would have received if the club had kept him until he was healthy.” Since he was supposedly scheduled to work out again for the Pats a couple weeks ago, before the Josh Gordon trade, he must have already filed the grievance when both sides agreed to the workout, and he must have believed he was healthy or he wouldn’t have wanted to work out. So what does he think he’ll get? A couple of game checks? That seems like the most b/c even if he was still injured when he was released, by agreeing to the workout in September, he admitted he was healthy at that time. And to believe he was healthy as of the workout date but not before is a stretch, at best.

  7. “Grievance” is just another way of saying “I accuse you of cheating.” Well…the Patriots…you know.

  8. superpatriotsfan says:
    October 3, 2018 at 8:47 am

    According to the Patriots fans, this was a GENIUS MOVE when they signed Kenny Britt.
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    Actually, most of us felt that it was a “potentially big upside” move. “Potentially.”

  9. Actually, most of us felt that it was a “potentially big upside” move. “Potentially.”
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    No one in Cleveland thought that.

  10. jerruhjones says:
    October 3, 2018 at 8:13 am
    Great signing, Bill! bwahahaha….

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    Umm, he does the age 30 vet WR camp invite signing every year, sometimes more than one.

    When the player is that cheap, that’s what you do. How this is mocked as they look to go to their 4th SB in 5 years, I have absolutely no idea.

    Edelman, Gordon, Hogan, Dorsett,Gronk, White, Michel…..Remember those names as they all go darting all over your tv screen in the next couple months.

    You’re in for a very rude awakening.

  11. superpatriotsfan says:
    October 3, 2018 at 8:47 am

    According to the Patriots fans, this was a GENIUS MOVE when they signed Kenny Britt.
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    Kenny Britt is big and fast but has been a malingerer and underachiever everywhere he’s been. Personally I was very surprised the Patriots wanted him at all, and I fully expected he’d never do anything productive for the team.

  12. kissbillsrings says:
    October 3, 2018 at 8:50 am
    Not sure why Mitchell is filing a grievance…. he’s had bad knees since his college days…. Pats carried him all last year & he still couldn’t get on the field this year….. I guess he’s out nothing for filing one…..

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    Yeah & he was obviously healthy enough to play after his college days. That has no relevance here. If he got hurt again while playing/practicing for the Pats they are obligated to pay him until he is healthy. It’s pretty simple.

    Usually the disagreement comes from the team saying he is healthy enough to play while the player says he is not healthy enough to play.

  13. football teams owe it to the players who get injured during practices/games
    to treat them fairly
    see to their medical needs, honor the contract
    cutting injured players is far to common, treating them like a piece of meat is wrong
    owners are making billions of dollars a year
    it is not like they cannot afford it
    CTE and the way the league approached it, show just how much respect they have for their players

  14. At those who think it was a dumb move by Pats to get Britt: Y’all continually fail to appreciate the Parity Rules Era because your teams seldom have an SB or even conference title game. But for much of the past 16yrs the Pats have had to pick last or near it, and having to cope with its stars being enticed away and unable to keep them due to FA and cap which came in the mid 90s and so no past dynasty ever had to face it.

    Those Parity Rules were designed to stop those dynasties ever happening again. So Pats often have to take risks on guys with injury (or other issues), why they picked Easley and go for Britt and Floyd, why they’ve taken a flyer on Gordon. How else can they do it? This is how they got Gronk and Michel, this is how they did well with rehabilitating Dillon and Blount. This is why they churn the bottom picks like crazy and doing all sorts of funky trades. This is why Belichick is the greatest GM of all time: a dynasty in the PARITY RULES ERA.

  15. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    October 3, 2018 at 8:36 am
    It SEEMS like the Patriots cheat wherever they can….

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    They cut a player. Please explain to me exactly how they cheated?

  16. “They cut a player. Please explain to me exactly how they cheated?”

    They cut a player in a league approved move more importantly. Its the insanity of the Pats hater. They do something fully within the rules and league approved yet somehow that is ‘cheating’

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