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Kenny Britt has signed with the Patriots—no, seriously

Ever since their return to the NFL, there is one common joke among not only Cleveland fans but NFL fans in general and that is that when the Browns get rid of one of their players, said player will sign with the New England Patriots—and dominate. They signed Kellen Winslow Jr. They signed John Hughes. In recent years, it was Barkevious Mingo and Jabaal Sheard is who left the Browns and won a Super Bowl with the Patriots. Now, it may be wide receiver Kenny Britt.

On Tuesday, another Brown-to-Patriot signee was announced when Britt decided to go from one of the worst organizations in football to one of the best. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the 29-year-old has signed a two-year deal with the Patriots less than a week after he was released by the Browns.

After the Browns lost wide receiver Terrelle Pryor to the Washington Redskins, they decided to roll with Britt, who signed a four-year, $32.5 million deal, with $17 million guaranteed. Although they didn’t say it at the time, the veteran was to replace Pryor who led the team in receptions, targets, and receiving yards in 2016. Expectations for him were high in Cleveland. He didn’t come close to living up to a single one.

Having played in just nine of the team’s 13 games while in Cleveland, including four starts, Britt had 18 catches (37 targets) for 233 yards and two touchdowns. Much like Dwayne Bowe in 2015, it became obvious that the Browns overpaid for yet another veteran receiver who didn’t produce on the field. This seems to be exactly what New England was hoping for.

As one of the few veterans on the youngest team in the NFL prior to his release, Britt was expected to not only produce on the field, but be a leader and someone all the young players could look up to off of it. He did none of those. Whether it was dropping passes, not being a mentor, or missing curfew prior to the game against the Houston Texans, Britt did more negative things than positive things during his time in Cleveland.

The Browns have enough cap space to where signings such as Bowe and Britt shouldn’t affect them that much, but it’s the fact that two of their biggest signings on offense the last few years have been failures. So much guaranteed money thrown their way for essentially nothing.

New England needed a big-bodied, physical presence on the outside, and they got him at a cheap price while the Browns continue to pay Britt even though he’s not even on their team anymore. Seems as though that’s a common theme lately, doesn’t it?

Although the wide out struggled in Cleveland, many Browns fans seemed to see it coming when it was announced that he had signed with New England because, well, that’s such a Browns move. Britt needed to be released, but him becoming a Patriot almost seemed inevitable. I mean, Kenny Britt, Super Bowl MVP does have a nice ring to it, right?