Thursday, March 27, 2014
Rams optimistic about landing Britt
By Nick Wagoner
After a quiet first two weeks of free agency, business has picked up for the St. Louis Rams this week. In a 48-hour span, the team added depth at defensive tackle and quarterback in the form of Alex Carrington and Shaun Hill.
And the Rams aren't done yet. By all accounts, they are hopeful that Tennessee receiver Kenny Britt will be next on their list of additions.
At the owners meetings in Orlando, Fla., general manager Les Snead told Pro Football Talk that he believed the Rams' chances of landing Britt were "better than 50 percent."
When asked about a possible reunion with his former Titans pupil, Rams coach Jeff Fisher echoed Snead's sentiments.
“I will stand behind what [Les] said," Fisher said. "We’ve been down here and pretty busy, but I’m hoping that sometime very soon we’ll get something done.’’
Britt has had no shortage of interest or visits during his first free-agent experience. He's already visited St. Louis and, according to NFL.com, cleared any medical issues with the Rams. He's also taken trips to New England, Washington and Buffalo and drawn at least minimal interest from Carolina. New England owner Robert Kraft indicated in Orlando that the Patriots are no longer in the Britt sweepstakes.
A decision from Britt could come at any time. Britt tweeted Sunday afternoon that "the whole world wanna know where Kenny Britt going ... I'm like homie just wait on it ... Lol."
In reality, there are a few people who hold mild interest in where Britt lands, but it's safe to say the Rams fall into that category.
Fisher was Tennessee's coach in 2009 when the Titans used a first-round pick on Britt. He coached him in 2010 before stepping away from the game the following year. Britt's two best seasons came those first two seasons under Fisher though Britt has never mustered more than 775 yards in a season. Clearly, Fisher believes there's more production that can be pulled from Britt if given a fresh start.
In the time since Fisher first coached him, Britt has had more than his share of off-field problems and struggled with knee injuries. Those issues will likely yield a one-year "prove it" contract at this point in free agency. All that remains to be seen is where he lands.