After meeting with the St.Louis Rams, New England Patriots and Washington Redskins, wide receiver Kenny Britt still has not signed with a team. Britt would have a career year with Tom Brady as his quarterback, but it appears that he will never catch passes from the Patriots’ quarterback.
Britt apparently doesn’t have any more visits lined up, but he has reportedly received interest from the Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers. Britt is the most talented WR still available in free agency, and the Panthers and Seahawks need to find replacements for Steve Smith and Golden Tate respectively. The Seahawks are in less trouble because they still have a premiere receiver in Percy Harvin, but the WR corps for the Panthers has been completely decimated this offseason.
To determine whether the Panthers or Seahawks would be a better fit for Britt, it is important to understand the offense of each team. Both teams have a mobile quarterback, which means that the passing attack can be limited at certain times. Newton rushed for 585 yards in 2013, and Wilson was not far behind with 539.
The similarities do not stop with the rushing abilities of these two quarterbacks. Newton had 3,379 passing yards and averaged 211.2 passing yards per game in 2013, while Wilson passed for 3,357 yards and averaged 209.8 passing yards per game. The passing touchdowns for each quarterback make it even more difficult to find a statistic that will separate them. Wilson was the winner with 26 passing touchdowns, while Newton wasn’t far behind with 24.
The Seahawks have a more balanced attack on offense, however, and Marshawn Lynch helped the team finish fourth in rushing yards. Even with a rotating rushing committee of DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert, the Panthers finished 11th in rushing yards in 2013. This means that more emphasis is placed on the playmaking ability of Newton, which would benefit Britt.
Even though the statistics are surprisingly even between Wilson and Newton for the 2013 season, Britt would find more success with the Panthers. The Panthers currently have no standouts at the wide receiver position, and Britt would automatically become the favorite target of Newton in 2014. Even if Newton only throws 20 touchdowns in 2014, expect half of those to go to Britt.
If Britt finds himself with the Panthers for the 2014 season, he would be a solid flex option for your bench. If he signs with Seattle, he will be a second fiddle to Harvin and his fantasy value will change from week to week.
Pay close attention to the landing spot of Britt for your 2014 draft.