Kenny Britt was recently spotted in Atlantic City on Tuesday on the first day of legal tampering in the NFL, or in other words “unofficial free agency”. Does this mean he is going to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles?
— Eagles Nation (@PHLEaglesNation) March 7, 2017
Well, not really. Per Social Media, the most unreliable source there is, Britt was in Atlantic City and was confirming he was signing with Philly. However, according to his agent, the Bayone, New Jersey native and former Rutgers wide receiver was just visiting his family with his wife.
Wednesday evening, reporter Benjamin Albright had some interesting information on where Britt might end up:
— Eagles Nation (@PHLEaglesNation) March 9, 2017
Now even though it might be interesting to some that Kenny Britt picked legal tampering period to go home with family and is making his whereabouts known, it isn’t all that surprising. Britt is expected to make a serious decision regarding his free agency status and I am sure he wants to get his family’s input. Since he isn’t a top wide receiver on the market, and at 28, he isn’t expected to break the bank and make roughly 7-8 million dollars per year.
Kenny Britt had a breakout season last year while playing on the 31st ranked passing offense in the NFL. The 6’3” 215 pound receiver had a career high in catches (68), and yards (1,002) which was better than fellow wide receivers DeAndre Hopkins, Allen Robinson, Kelvin Benjamin and the new Giant receiver Brandon Marshall. Britt has also credited former Los Angeles Rams, now current Eagles, wide receiver coach Mike Groh for helping the 28-year-old to finally start living up to his potential.
Britt was a drafted in 30th overall in the 2009 NFL draft by the Tennessee Titans. However injuries and off the field incidents derailed his career while in Tennessee. In 2009 Britt was placed on the injured reserve after injuring his hamstring in practice. In 2010 the hamstring forced him to miss a combine seven games. In 2011 Britt tore both his ACL and MCL 3 games into the year and an an ankle injury in 2012 forced him to miss 3 games. However since signing with the Rams in 2014 Britt has played in 47 out of 48 games.
With his injury problems seemingly behind him so are his legal troubles. In 2011 Britt allegedly led police on a wild car chase and later pleaded guilty to careless driving. The following day after pleading guilty, Britt was stopped by police for a suspicion of drug possession and was arrested and charged with resisting arrest. In 2012 Britt was arrested and charged with DWI while trying to access the main gate at Fort Campbell which forced the NFL to suspend him one game.
Since Kenny Britt has come into the league, he has racked up 309 receptions for 4,881 yards and 30 touchdowns and would be a tremendous veteran presence to the Eagles’ young receiving core that seem to care more about the Philly night life rather than producing on Sunday afternoons. If the Eagles can bring him in for around the same price Brandon Marshall got, $6 million a year, then I think the Eagles would be foolish not sign the eight year veteran.
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