Should the Titans Part Ways With Kenny Britt?

Zach KruseSenior Analyst IJanuary 15, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 09:  Kenny Britt #18 of the the Tennessee Titans runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 9, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Despite another incident involving Kenny Britt and the police, the Tennessee Titans shouldn't and likely won't make any parting gesture to the 24-year-old receiver this offseason. 

While seemingly involved in trouble at every turn, Britt's reasonable contract and a healing knee are two important reasons why the Titans are likely to keep him into 2013.

However, Britt's latest dealing with law enforcement this week pushes his total near double digits since entering the National Football League.

After several days of disconnect, Britt and New Jersey police will finally meet Wednesday to discuss a stabbing that occurred over the weekend, according to Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. While Britt is not a suspect in the case, cooperation between the two sides has been a difficult venture since the incident occurred Sunday morning. 

Just four years into his NFL career, Britt already has a long history of run-ins with the police. 

According to the NFL arrests database via the San Diego Union-Tribune, Britt has at least seven recorded incidents since entering the league in 2009. Among the biggest include arrests for DUI, resisting arrest and eluding an officer. 

Before last season, commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Britt for the 2012 regular season opener against the New England Patriots because of a July DUI arrest in Kentucky.

Now, the Titans and the NFL must investigate what Britt had to do with this current incident. As it stands now, he is not in any danger of legal action, although an investigation into a related gun shot is also ongoing. 

If no action is taken against Britt in the case, expect him to be playing for the Titans in 2013. 

Britt is owed just $1.35 million next season, the last year of his original rookie deal. By releasing him now, the Titans would not gain much in terms of financial safeguarding. Maybe if Britt was making multiple millions, this discussion would have a different tone. 

By keeping Britt on the roster, however, Tennessee can get one last look at him before deciding whether or not he will be a part of the team's plans past 2013. He's scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in the spring of 2014. 

The Titans may also want to keep Britt on the roster because of his potential impact for next season. While the word "potential" is tossed around freely when speaking of Britt, a knee injury that has plagued the former first-round pick may be finally approaching 100 percent.

Recovering from the reconstruction of his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL), plus follow-up procedures and a meniscus tear, Britt caught just 43 passes for 568 yards and four touchdowns in 2012. 

However, in his last healthy season of 2010, Britt caught 42 passes for 775 yards and nine touchdowns, and he appeared to be on the brink of taking the next step into the elite category of NFL receivers. 

Injuries over the next 18 months took that all away.

As the knee continues to get stronger, though, the Titans can reasonably expect Britt to return to his 2010 levels by next season. Cutting him now eliminates the chance to discover if that is, in fact, true. 

The incidents with law enforcement are a lot to stomach, especially for fed-up fans of the franchise. But as long as no further action is taken against Britt in this latest case, it remains reasonable to expect the talented receiver to be back with the team in 2013. 

His palatable contract and potential for next season make it worth the one-year risk.