Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt is a classic example of the intangibles versus the cold, hard facts. Britt has never been short on confidence or potential, but health and production tell a completely different story.
So which teams may be best suited to take a flier on the troubled receiver with a high upside?
First of all the price will have to be right and it will also most likely be a one-year deal low on base pay but high on incentives. This part of the equation is up to Britt. If he doesn’t play ball then he won’t be playing ball.
Should Britt show some maturity and let his on field play do the talking next season, the team that signs him will need a no-nonsense coach and enough veteran leadership to keep Britt in line with team goals. No small task. The team will also need to have a pretty solid receiving core prior to his signing just in case the past repeats itself.
But all things considered, the No. 1 thing a team must possess to consider bringing on Britt is an established quarterback that demands and deserves the respect of his players. This is a short list to be sure, but Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees all come to mind.
The Denver Broncos have John Fox at the helm and depending on which players re-sign during free agency, the team also has leadership. They have a need if Eric Decker signs elsewhere, but Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas provide alternatives should things go awry. Most importantly, Manning strives for perfection and Britt will either sink or swim on his team.
The Green Bay Packers also have some depth at the receiver position, and a need if James Jones finds a new home in free agency. While McCarthy might not be strictest of coaches, he does know how to get the best out of his players. This brings us to Aaron Rodgers, probably one of the most accurate passers in the game today. Britt won’t last long in this league anyway if he can’t get open enough to catch passes as precise as Rodgers throws them.
The New England Patriots and the New Orleans Saints are the other teams that have the right mix to bring Britt aboard. Tough coaches, strong quarterbacks and some depth at the wide receiver position.
All four of these teams could absorb the downside if it rears its ugly head, but imagine these offenses with a version of Kenny Britt that is in the area code as a No. 1 receiver. They would be pretty tough to stop.