Kenny Britt signed with the Browns this offseason on a four-year, $32 million deal. He's coming off a career season with the Rams in 2016 when he had 68 catches for 1,002 yards and five touchdowns on 111 targets. The catches and yards were career highs, and he heads to Cleveland with the hope of replacing Terrelle Pryor, who left as a free agent for Washington. With the Browns, Britt will have to contend with Corey Coleman for targets, and he could have quarterback issues, although that didn't exactly slow him down last season, when he had Case Keenum and Jared Goff throwing to him with the Rams. We want Britt to prove that 2016 wasn't a fluke before trusting him as a viable Fantasy option, and he's only worth drafting with a late-round pick in the majority of leagues.
Britt signed with the Browns on Friday. The Browns confirmed Britt is joining the franchise on a four-year contract for a reported $32.5 million, including $17 million guaranteed, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The sizable contract should ensure Britt owns a starting job opposite Corey Coleman. The 28-year-old Britt is coming off the first 1,000-yard season of his career, and while he should see plenty of snaps and targets in Cleveland, it's unclear who will be throwing him the ball. Poor quarterback play seemingly has been the lone constant throughout Britt's unorthodox career.
Britt is expected to sign a four-year, $32.5 million deal with the Browns on Thursday, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports. The report, which was later confirmed by NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, will send Britt to an organization that has been perpetually in turmoil at the quarterback position, to put it lightly. The Browns have the No. 1 and 12 picks in the draft this season, however, so that's one position that could be addressed. Britt has played eight NFL seasons, but set career highs in both receptions (68) and receiving yards (1,002) with the Rams in 2016. Whether or not Britt can keep up that pace will largely depend on his supporting cast, as it's currently unclear if it will be Robert Griffin or a rookie quarterback under center for most of 2017. Still only 28 years old, Britt's addition should help cushion the team from the pending loss of Terrelle Pryor, who will officially become a free agent Thursday. Britt's signing doesn't necessarily mean they have abandoned plans to re-sign Pryor, but instead provides the Browns with an insurance policy if he's wowed by another offer.
Britt, who is an unrestricted free agent this offseason, is not anticipated to return to the Rams, ESPN's Alden Gonzalez reports. Britt posted career-highs in receptions (68), targets (111) and yards (1,002) despite dealing with mostly dreadful quarterback play this past season. While that success makes the timing of Britt's impending free agency rather opportune, new Rams coach Sean McVay may prefer to pursue more consistent receiving threats, including a pair of wideouts he coached in Washington, DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon. That scenario would likely result in Britt signing elsewhere, potentially giving the 28-year-old a chance to pair with a more reliable quarterback, but likely within an offense less dependent on Britt to cover its deficiencies.
Britt (shoulder) is inactive for Sunday's Week 17 tilt versus the Rams, Myles A. Simmons of the team's official site reports. Britt was doubtful heading into Sunday, so the designation comes as little surprise. The veteran receiver wraps up 2016 with career highs in receptions (68) and yards (1,002). In his stead, Tavon Austin, Brian Quick and Pharoh Cooper would figure to be the top targets for Jared Goff.
Britt (shoulder) is listed as doubtful to play Sunday against the Cardinals. Britt didn't practice at all this week, so his 2016 campaign is likely to end with a career-high 68 receptions on 11 targets for 1,002 yards and five touchdowns in 15 appearances. If he's indeed unavailable Sunday, Brian Quick would figure to be promoted to a starting wideout position.
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