The New England Patriots were quick to snag wide receiver Kenny Britt after he was released by the Cleveland Browns. The former Tennessee Titans and St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams wideout was let go by the Browns after a mediocre start to the season in which he didn’t wind up living up to his potential.
The Browns likely also felt that the return of both Josh Gordon and Corey Coleman left them with enough depth to be able to make the move. After choosing to do so, it wasn’t surprising to see the Patriots jump at the opportunity to land another offensive weapon for Tom Brady.
Britt’s new deal with the Patriots is over two years, and as ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports, it’s going to pay him a pro-rated portion of the veteran’s minimum this year. Then next year, he’s set to earn $1.5 million and can earn up to $2 million in incentives, but the second year of the deal is the Patriots’ option.
Patriots are paying WR Kenny Britt a pro-rated portion of the veteran minimum $900,000 this year, then $1.5 million next year with chance to get to 2M with incentives, per source. Next year is Patriots’ option; if not exercised, Britt becomes a UFA.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 14, 2017
Britt has a great opportunity in front of him, but he’ll also have plenty of competition for both playing time and catches as well. With the home stretch of the season officially here, he’ll have little time to prove to the Patriots coaching staff that he deserves to be here in 2018.
But, the contract isn’t terrible, so there’s still reason to believe he may stick in New England past this season.