Signing Kenny Britt towards the end of the season last year was a peculiar move for the Patriots. Especially considering they signed him to a two-year deal. Now, it is clear they have larger aspirations for Britt. According to Ian Rapoport, the Patriots have picked up Britt’s option for 2018. The option carries a cap hit of $1.47 million.
#Patriots WR Kenny Britt was informed that his option was picked up, source said. He’s back for 2018 and they’re looking for big things out of him.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 6, 2018
Britt appeared in just three games for the Patriots down the stretch, hauling in two passes on five targets. Entering his 10th season, Britt will turn 30 midway through the month of September. For his career, he has 329 receptions for 5,137 yards and 32 touchdowns. He has spent time with the Titans, Rams, and Browns before joining the Patriots. Although he had a down year in his time in Cleveland (who doesn’t?), Britt surpassed 1,000 yards receiving in 2016 with the Rams.
The return of Britt should not affect another former Ram-turned-Patriot according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss. Impending free agent, Danny Amendola, is still firmly in the Patriots future plans. The question is, whether or not he will take a below-market deal yet again or finally cash in on the free agent market. And there is certainly a market for Amendola who had a strong 2017 regular season and an even better playoff run.
For Britt, he now has an opportunity to experience an entire offseason and training camp under Bill Belichick. The Patriots clearly saw enough that they liked to bring Britt back considering the wide receiver group is one of the deepest on the team. Even without Amendola resigned for next season.
With Britt back in the fold, he will rejoin a group featuring Chris Hogan, Brandin Cooks, Julian Edelman, and Malcolm Mitchell. Britt will truly have to stand out and make an impact to take many targets away from that group.