There’s no doubt that after tearing his ACL in 2011, Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt has failed to bounce back and regain the talent that was seen during his first couple of years in the NFL. The former first round pick in 2009 is close to being considered a bust in the league due to the fact that he has encountered multiple run-ins with the law to go along with his injury.
In five seasons with the Titans, Britt has a total of nine incidents with the police and two meetings with commissioner Roger Goodell, according to Dan Hanzus of NFL.com. However, Britt’s flashes of talent on the field have caused him to be considered a highly-valued free agent his offseason. At the end of last season, Britt told reporters that he guarantees that he will be a No. 1 wide receiver for another team. If Britt believes that he can provide respectable production in 2014, then the Detroit Lions should take the risk in signing him.
There is no question that the wide receiver position needs to be addressed by general manager Martin Mayhew, whether through free agency or the Draft. Due to the fact that Britt carries extra baggage because of his character, signing him would be a bargain if no other team decides to pursue him.
In the latest mock draft conducted by Pat Kirwan of CBSSports.com, Clemson standout Sammy Watkins will be taken by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the No. 7 pick, three spots ahead of Detroit. He also has the Lions selecting cornerback Darqueze Dennard from Michigan State with the No. 10 pick, another position that Mayhew needs to upgrade. By signing Britt, Detroit will now have a wide receiver to line up opposite of Calvin Johnson without taking a hit to the team’s salary cap, as well as having the opportunity to draft a shut down cornerback to improve the defense.
Signing Britt for a multi-million dollar deal or more than the veteran minimum would be a mistake. Britt will need to prove to the Lions that he can contribute every week and become a solid weapon for their offense.