New Browns general manager John Dorsey made his first official move today, waiving receiver Kenny Britt. This move is welcome news for most Browns fans as Britt has vastly under-performed during his Browns tenure. Britt was the key off-season acquisition for the Browns at receiver when top 2016 performer Terrell Pryor left for a one year deal with the Redskins.
Britt will go on waivers with a remaining salary of $4 million dollars for any team that wants to claim him. Should he pass through waivers unclaimed, he will become an unrestricted free agent. The Browns signed Britt to a four-year, $32.5 million contract that included $17 million guaranteed, and the Browns will be on the hook for that guaranteed money.
Britt spent the first five seasons with the Tennessee Titans, who selected him with the 30th overall pick in the 2009 draft. Britt caused the Titans headaches with multiple off-field incidents that quickly ended his time with the organization. In his third and final season with the Rams, Britt had career high’s with 68 receptions and 1,002 yards.
Britt managed just 18 catches for 233 yards this season for the Browns, although expectations were high for the veteran receiver. Britt was never quite the fit the Browns hoped him to be in 2017. He battled some injuries, and fell out of favor quickly with his poor start to the season. Britt will probably be best remembered for being sent home from the Houston road trip when he and Corey Coleman missed curfew, and making the trip to London with the team, only to be benched and miss the game.
Britt couldn’t gather any momentum in head coach Hue Jackson’s system, and was slowly losing snaps. With Josh Gordon returning this past Sunday, Britt received just 19 percent of the team’s offensive snaps against the Chargers. Considering the Browns shifted focus, and new direction under John Dorsey, the move to waive Britt sends a clear message to the rest of the roster.