St. Louis Rams re-sign WR Kenny Britt

Kenny Britt has definitely had an interesting career trajectory, for better or worse. The 2009 1st round pick looked on his way to a promising career in 2010 and 2011. After averaging 1.86 yards per route run as a rookie in 2009, Britt averaged an absurd 3.07 yards per route run in 2010 and 2011, catching a combined 59 passes for 1064 yards and 12 touchdowns on a combined 347 routes run. However, a good as he was in 2010 and 2011, he only played a combined 15 games thanks to multiple injuries, including a torn ACL that derailed his career big-time.

Upon his return from that torn ACL in 2012, he averaged just 1.49 yards per route run in 14 games, after starting the season with a 1 game suspension as a result of a checkered off-the-field history that includes 9 arrests. He was noticeably slowed by surgeries to both of his knees. In 2013, his final year in Tennessee, he was a train wreck. Britt was Pro Football Focus’ 3rd worst ranked wide receiver, despite playing just 305 snaps. No one played fewer snaps and graded out worse. He only caught a third of his 33 targets, with 11 catches for 96 yards and he dropped 7 passes. He averaged just 0.48 yards per route run on 201 routes run. He was the definition of awful and also got into it with his coaches, which is why he had to settle for a minimum deal in free agency last season, rejoining ex-head coach Jeff Fisher in St. Louis.

He bounced back in 2014 with the Rams, catching 48 passes for 748 yards and 3 touchdowns, grading out above average for the first time since his injury shortened 2011 campaign. That was the most receiving yards by a Rams’ receiver since 2008, though that isn’t saying much. Britt also played all 16 games for the first time since his rookie year. I like the fit of him re-signing in St. Louis and sticking with Jeff Fisher, under whom he’s always played his best football, and he’s still only going into his age 27 season after all the ups and downs. However, I question the logic of giving Kenny Britt a 2-year, 9.05 million dollar deal with 4.3 million guaranteed in the first year. Not only am I not sure if he’s worth this kind of money, but I don’t know who else would have given him this kind of money, after his history. It’s not a bad deal though, especially for the receiver needy Rams.

Grade: B-




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