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Redskins Rumors: Washington Should Avoid Signing Kenny Britt

Tennessee Titans' Kenny Britt (18) warms up before an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIJanuary 7, 2017

The Washington Redskins may have reportedly expressed interest in Kenny Britt, but if the team is smart, they will avoid signing the former Tennessee Titans wide receiver.

While the Redskins did have Pierre Garcon and Santana Moss at receiver heading into the offseason, it seems that they're still focused on giving Robert Griffin III more weapons to work with. Jason La Canfora recently tweeted that the Redskins had signed Andre Roberts to a four-year deal worth around $16 million.

But it doesn't look like that's the only receiver Washington is looking at. According to Jim Wyatt from the Tennessean, the Redskins have reportedly expressed interest in Britt.

It is unclear just how serious the Redskins are about Britt, but they should avoid signing him for a number of reasons.

There are a number of NFL teams that have plenty of cap space this offseason, but Washington is not one of them. According to Mike Jones of the Washington Post, the Redskins now have around $8 million in cap space. Britt's last deal was for five years and was worth around $9 million, so it's safe to say that the 25-year-old is going to want an even bigger deal than that (h/t Spotrac).

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Given the way Britt played last year, it's unlikely that any team will be willing to give him a bigger deal. In 2013, Britt played in 12 games, catching just 11 passes for 96 yards. According to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), Britt had an overall grade of minus-13.2, ranking second to last among receivers that played in at least 25 percent of the team's offensive snaps.

At 6'3'' and around 220 pounds, Britt has shown in the past that he has the potential to be a dominant receiver, but injuries and off-field issuesincluding nine incidents involving the policehave kept him from becoming a consistent weapon.

While the police incidents are a big red flag, Britt's injuries are just as concerning. Except for his rookie season, Britt has never been able to play in more than 14 games, missing a total of 23 games over the past four years. Since tearing his ACL during the 2011 season, Britt just hasn't looked the same, and his production has dropped quite considerably.

Kenny Britt Before/After Tearing ACL
SeasonGPRECYDSAVGTD
2009164270116.73
2010124277518.59
201131728917.03
2012144558913.14
20131211968.70
Tore ACL in 2011

With limited cap space, the Redskins should stop focusing on the receiver position and begin looking for as much help as possible on defense considering how disappointing the 2013 season was. The Redskins gave up 29.9 points and 354.1 yards per game last season, ranking 30th and 18th, respectively.

Considering the players the Redskins have lost on defense, including Brandon Meriweather and London Fletcher, that side of the ball should be a bigger concern than adding another receiver.

Even if Britt is willing to sign a short-term and cheap deal, the off-field distractions and injury concerns should be enough to keep the Redskins from bringing him in.

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