If John Dorsey wants his first move as general manager to win over fans, then consider it a success. On Friday, the Cleveland Browns announced that WR Kenny Britt was waived, just one year in to his 4-year, $32.5 million deal with the team. Don’t worry, though — by cutting him, he only gets $10.5 million of that. It’s still a pretty penny considering his disastrous tenure with the team, but I can’t imagine anyone shedding a tear over the move.
Britt is the team’s second disastrous veteran free agent signing in the past, after WR Dwayne Bowe got away with making $9 million in 2015. How did the two compare? In 7 games in 2015, Bowe caught 5 passes for 53 yards. In 9 games in 2017, Britt caught 18 passes for 233 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Britt had actually performed better since the bye week, cutting out the dropped passes and the sideshow shenanigans. But he had a terrible preseason, dropped too many passes to begin the regular season, turned his back to the media, talked about how he hated London, and more. This will probably go down as his most memorable play from early in the season:
My personal favorite Kenny Britt play of 2017. pic.twitter.com/CN7cNmQmOm— Jake Burns (@jake_burns18) December 8, 2017
There was also this:
2nd favorite Kenny Britt play of 2017. Watch him attack this ball relentlessly. Going to be missed dearly. pic.twitter.com/NeWbttkXAy— Jake Burns (@jake_burns18) December 8, 2017
I had actually advocated that the Browns allow Britt to receive the third most reps on the team, now that Josh Gordon and Corey Coleman are back. But that was more of a sign of just how poor the depth at receiver is on the team, and how disappointing a guy like Ricardo Louis has been in year number two. If the team continues to use Rashard Higgins as their slot receiver, then there won’t be many snaps to go around for the fourth receiver on the depth chart (which is where Britt was).
I won’t shed a single tear having Britt off this team, and I think we’ll be damned to find a fan that does.
Kenny Britt was ridiculous to watch in practice. Constantly danced. In between every rep he was dancing to the music. I’ve never seen any player appear to care less. I could not believe Hue allowed it. It seems his hands are no longer tied.— Mark Schwab (@MarkSchwab) December 8, 2017
The team promoted safety Justin Currie from the practice squad in a corresponding move. Currie will provide depth at the safety position since Jabrill Peppers is not expected to play.