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Breakdown of WR Kenny Britt’s contract with the Browns

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The full, year-by-year contract details for Cleveland Browns WR Kenny Britt are now available, via multiple sources. We will take a look at the structure of his contract, such as his base salary, guaranteed money, and cap hits. Britt’s deal is considered to be 4 years for $32.5 million with $10.5 million fully guaranteed.

WR Kenny Britt’s Contract, Cap Hits Per Year

Year Base Salary Signing Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Total Cap Hit
Year Base Salary Signing Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Total Cap Hit
2017 $4,000,000 $1,625,000 $0 $0 $5,625,000
2018 $6,500,000 $1,625,000 $0 $0 $8,125,000
2019 $7,750,000 $1,625,000 $0 $0 $9,375,000
2020 $7,750,000 $1,625,000 $0 $0 $9,375,000
Total $26,000,000 $6,500,000 $0 $0 $32,500,000
  • Britt has $10.5 million fully guaranteed at signing. That includes his $4 million base salary in 2017 and his $6.5 million signing bonus (pro-rated to $1.625 million per year against the cap).
  • On the third day of the 2018 league year, Britt’s $6.5 million base salary will become fully guaranteed. If Britt is considered a bust and they want to cut him early next offseason, they’d only carry $4.875 million in dead cap space. It gets even cheaper to cut him in 2019 or 2020, when his higher base salary is not guaranteed.

Overall, this is a semi-big commitment to Britt, but they’re really only tied to him for a year or two. If he’s productive, the team can keep him around and will be willing to pay the price. If he’s suffered a decline, or if there is a better wide receiver on the market who they’d rather pay, they can cut ties with Britt and allocate that money to the new receiver.

On a per-year basis ($8.125 million), Britt is the 20th-highest paid receiver in the NFL. He’s making lower-level No. 1 receiver money, and it’s easy to understand why people might be skeptical of his career productivity. He’s coming off his best pro season, though, with this being a one- to two-year trial contract for him. If he continues to deliver, then Cleveland got a bargain. If he fails, then the Browns still have a lot of young receivers waiting in the wings from last year’s draft class.