Kenny Britt: Tennessee Titans WR Will Handcuff Franchise for Another Year

Chad Minton@@chad_mintonCorrespondent IJuly 24, 2012

SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 31:  Wide receiver Kenny Britt #18 of the Tennessee Titans sits on the bench after injuring his leg in the first quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on October 31, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Just when it seemed like the Tennessee Titans were poised to have a breakout year in the passing game, another run-in with the law by Kenny Britt could keep that from happening this season.

Britt recently was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence, which would bring his total number of run-ins with the law to five since being drafted in 2009.

Now the drafting of Kendall Wright in the first round of this year's draft makes more sense. Maybe the Titans knew all along that they couldn't count on Britt, whether it be due to his health or not being able to stay out of trouble.

Britt will almost certainly face some sort of lengthy suspension from Roger Goodell, and this will leave the Titans once again searching for ways to replace the production of an offensive player that has so much potential.

This situation will send a ripple effect throughout the entire offense.

As promising as Wright is looking in training camp, you can't expect him to be that impact receiver that the Titans need in his rookie season.

Nate Washington had his best NFL season statistically in Britt's absence last season, but can he follow that up with another 1,000-yard season?

The Titans certainly will need Washington to once again be that go-to guy who can be reliable every week.

This latest incident from Britt also gives Marc Mariani a great chance at finding the field more as a wide receiver this season. It was possible that Mariani would be cut due to all of the receivers that are perceived to be ahead of him on the depth chart.

Damian Williams was beginning to come along last season, but he hasn't proven yet that he can be a consistent contributor every week.

All of these players pale in comparison to what a fully healthy Britt would bring to the table. His size and great hands would give the Titans easily a top-10 passing offense.

Unfortunately, it looks like the Titans are going to once again have to search for answers in their receiving corps.

This situation could also delay Jake Locker's emergence as the full-time starter at quarterback.

With a predominantly young receiving corps, it makes more sense to keep the veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck in there over an inexperienced quarterback.

It would have been easier for head coach Mike Munchak to justify putting in Locker as the starter in Week 1 knowing that Britt was out there catching almost anything in his vicinity.

Finally, Britt's latest troubles will put even more pressure on Chris Johnson at having a bounce-back season.

Without the threat of Britt for defenses, they'll be able to focus more on shutting down Johnson.

Defenses will be willing to make Washington and the other young receivers beat them, much like last season.

The Titans will have to put up a lot of points to survive the first portion of their season, and Britt was going to give them a chance to do that.

Last season, the schedule was much more forgiving and should have led the Titans to a playoff berth.

The schedule isn't so kind this time around.

Unless Wright comes in and plays well beyond his years right out of the gate, the Titans will be staring at opening the season with three or even four losses.