Kenny Britt is Not Worth the Risk for the Baltimore Ravens

By jeffreykryglik
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As the NFL‘s trade deadline looms at 4 PM EST Tuesday, there have been talks about the Baltimore Ravens possibly adding Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt via trade.

CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora first reported that the Ravens were looking to add a wide receiver before the fast-approaching deadline, but I’m here to say nothing will probably happen. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing, especially if talks are surrounding Britt.

There are several things that must be mentioned in regards to the Ravens possibly adding Britt on deadline day. First, Baltimore has roughly just $2 million in available cap space to play around with in 2013, so needless to say, going out and trying to grab a big name like Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is out of the question — he is set to make $18 million in 2014 on his current contract. If the Ravens were to add Britt, he has a base salary of $897,500 this season and he will hit the free agent market once his rental period is up in 2013.  The two biggest concerns for me in regards to Britt are his character and his durability.

Looking at Britt’s measurables, the 25-year-old has good size at 6-foot-3, 223 pounds and has an ability to create separation using his body much like San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin.  However, as good as his physical tools and statistics look, he hasn’t played a full season of football since his rookie year with the Titans in 2009. While Britt did post a career-high in catches in 2012 with 45, he only caught half of his 90 targets and still missed two games.

Now, the really bad stuff… his character. The five-year NFL veteran has had run-ins with law enforcement nine times since his arrival in the professional ranks. Here’s some of the rap sheet:

  • Arrested in New Jersey on April 12, 2011 on three counts, one of which a felony, after an alleged car chase with police. Charges were reduced at a later date.
  • June 7, 2011 he plead guilty to reckless driving and received a fine.
  • June 8, 2012, Britt was arrested for resisting arrest in Hoboken, New Jersey.
  • January 13, 2013, Britt refused to cooperate with police about his role in one of his friend’s stabbings.
Sounds like a John Harbaugh guy, right? Dead wrong.
While the Ravens are in “win now” mode, they need to also look at the big picture. Britt is going to want to get paid like a top-notch receiver, and he simply isn’t one. Plus, even though this could only be a rental, is this the kind of guy you would want in you locker room during a potential playoff run? Steer clear.

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