Report: Titans “fielding offers” for WR Kenny Britt
Although the Titans said they are not “actively shopping” Britt, but Schefter indicated the team don’t really need to do that as long as they remain both open to dealing him and seeing what kind of offers are out there from teams interested in acquiring him.
While there’s no denying Britt’s talent, a history of injuries and some off-field issues in the past have stunted his growth, so that the Titans lost hope in their former first-round pick. Moreover, the emergence of rookie wide receiver Justin Hunter – who got increased playing time on the game-winning drive last weekend – alongside Kendall Wright made Britt expendable in Tennessee. The Titans invested high draft picks in both young receivers during the recent years.
In the first three games this season, Britt has been virtually non-existent in the Titans’ offense, catching just five passes for 43 yards – which shows a downward trend in his career since Britt tore both his ACL and MCL in Week 3 to end the 2011 season on the injured reserve.
Over the past five seasons in Tennessee, Britt has compiled just 151 catches for 2,397 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns while playing in 48 career games for the Titans. Britt missed 19 career games due to injuries and suspensions.
He was listed as inactive for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets after suffering a fractured rib against the Chargers last week.
Earlier this month, Britt created quite a stir when the 25-year-old indicated he expects this to be his last season in Tennessee since the team is treating him the same way they treated tight end Jared Cook. The former third-round pick Cook left as a free agent this offseason after the Titans didn't negotiate any sort of new deal with him. Britt later tried to clarify the tweet and expressed hope that the Titans might want him back next season.
With Britt struggling on the field (along with his history of injuries) and headed for free agency next offseason, its hand to see the Titans receiving much in trade for the player. Many teams will not like to take chance on a troubled player even if they have a need at receiver this season. Under those circumstances, the compensatory pick the Titans might receive in return for Britt, if he is allowed to walk away as a free agent may be a better value item.