After plenty of speculation, the New England Patriots have officially signed veteran wide receiver Kenny Britt, according to multiple sources.
The #Patriots signed WR Kenny Britt to a 2-year deal and placed OL Marcus Cannon on IR. Cannon’s season is over.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 13, 2017
Patriots announced they have signed WR Kenny Britt and re-signed DL Ricky Jean Francois. Patriots released LB Jonathan Freeny and WR Bernard Reedy and also placed OL Marcus Cannon on Injured Reserve
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) December 13, 2017
Patriots signed WR Kenny Britt and DL Ricky Jean Francois, released LB Jonathan Freeny and WR Bernard Reedy, and also placed OL Marcus Cannon on Injured Reserve.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 13, 2017
Britt was released by the Cleveland Browns last Friday just hours after the team hired John Dorsey to be their next general manager. The veteran wide receiver was in the first year of a four-year contract he signed with the Browns last offseason. In his only season in Cleveland, Britt caught 18 passes for 233 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The allure of winning a Super Bowl ring is clearly what attracted Britt to the Patriots. According to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, Britt chose the Patriots over offers from the Kansas City Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars.
Kenny Britt chose the Patriots over offers from the Chiefs and Jaguars. Pats are loading up Britt’s plate to see how much of the playbook he can retain and if he can play Sunday at Pittsburgh
— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) December 13, 2017
The Patriots made several additional roster moves on Wednesday afternoon, re-signing defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois, releasing linebacker Jonathan Freeny and wide receiver Bernard Reedy, and placing right tackle Marcus Cannon on season-ending Injured Reserve.
The Patriots take on the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday with first place in the AFC up for grabs.