There’s no need to sugarcoat it: Tennessee Titans wideout Kenny Britt is a total train wreck. He is a living, breathing archetype of Murphy’s Law—"anything that can go wrong will go wrong."
And what a tumble it’s been.
Until his ACL/MCL injury midway through his now five-year career, Britt—a former first-round pick in 2009—was looking like the height-weight-speed star he was originally projected to be (as far as on-field productivity goes).
At times, the game looked like a total breeze for him.
After his first two seasons when he accrued a total of 1,476 yards and 12 touchdowns (28 games, 12 starts), he was finally getting his first full season in as the No. 1 in 2011, which was ideally going to be uninterrupted. Going in, he seemed poised for a milestone campaign.
And when it started, he looked to be on his way to leading the league in receiving.
Two-and-a-half games in, he decimated the competition, totaling 289 yards at 17.0 yards a pop and reeling in three touchdowns. Then—pop, pop—there went his knee in Week 3 versus the Denver Broncos. He’s only started 14 games in two years since and was inactive for his last game as a Titan.
He also hasn’t been able to stay off the New Jersey police blotter.
Injuries, suspensions and off-the-field incidents have all dinged his value, which could make him a door-busting bargain in free agency for a team that’s looking only at what he can do in pads and cleats.
He’ll be in a last-chance type of situation, wherein he must prove himself or be exiled. If he fails, he'll be lost in a receiver-laden league that will have seen five draft classes enter since his arrival.
The idea is that the NFL doesn’t need Britt. So he must take matters into his own hands and show that it's a better product with him around.
Whether it was Cris Carter in the '90s or LeGarrette Blount this past season, troubled players have proved that they can persevere and benefit from fresh starts. Sometimes there’s nothing like an athlete with his back against a wall. Sports can be therapeutic.
The Niners are as good a place as any to rehab his image.
No team is going to sign Britt to a big deal where he’s going to be the centerpiece of the offense. Not by a long shot—and especially this year with this particular draft class, which is wide receiver-heavy. If his agent is of sound mind, the Niners can feasibly bring him in for peanuts.
San Francisco could be one of his top options.