Kenny Britt's Future in the NFL Hinges on Selecting the Right Destination

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIMarch 28, 2014

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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After a flurry of offseason activity, former Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt remains the best option left on the free-agent market.

Britt was a former first-round selection out of Rutgers and had immense potential entering the NFL. He showed brief glimpses early in his career, recording 42 receptions for 775 yards and nine touchdowns in his second season.

After that, however, it all went downhill.

Britt's production and efficiency dropped off significantly after an injury-plagued 2011 season. He couldn't seem to get back on track and was demoted in a big way in 2013.

After only recording 11 receptions for 95 yards last season, Britt was allowed to hit the free-agent market.

Things began quietly for the receiver, but lately interest has began to pick up.

According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the Rams, Redskins, Patriots, Bills and Panthers have all expressed interest in the wide receiver.

St. Louis appears to be the most interested, as Rams general manager Les Snead said Britt's chances of landing with the team are "better than 50 percent," during an interview with Pro Football Talk.

Despite a great deal of interest, Britt is taking his time with the decision. Florio noted this after speaking with a league source.

Writes Florio: "Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Britt is still evaluating his options. The source says that the Rams are 'certainly' in the hunt."

This is a good decision by Britt. He must make the right move here—his career depends on it.

In 2013, Britt finished the season ranked 110th out of 111 eligible receivers with a negative-13.2 rating, according to Pro Football Focus (subscribers link). If he is to right the ship and get out of the gutter, it needs to be under the right circumstances.

Britt needs a complementary role. He cannot be expected to contribute like a No. 1 wide receiver. That didn't work in Tennessee and it won't work now.

He needs to be surrounded by a good supporting cast—not just on the field, but off of it as well.

Possibly the biggest thing he needs is the right quarterback and the right offensive system. He didn't have either of those things in Tennessee and must factor that in heavily when he ultimately makes his choice.

The Rams would certainly make sense. They don't have an elite quarterback, but they have a strong system with a good amount of playmakers on the offensive side of the ball.

New England would be an interesting fit; however, it may not be in Britt's best interest. Although they have a great quarterback, the Patriots' offensive system can be difficult to grasp (see: Johnson, Chad) and their complementary wide receivers are iffy at best.

Buffalo doesn't seem to be a wise choice at all. With a young quarterback at the helm, and as a team trying to find an offensive identity, Britt could find himself struggling early and often.

Washington could be a nice landing spot. Pierre Garcon is there to take the heat off of Britt, and Robert Griffin III should have a bounce-back season under the tutelage of new head coach Jay Gruden.

The Panthers have all of the right tools in place; however, just like the Patriots and Bills, without a true No. 1 wide receiver on board, Britt could find himself under plenty of duress.

It all comes down to this for the five-year veteran. A correct decision here could allow Britt to get back into form and prolong his NFL career. Although, winding up on the wrong team could signal an early retirement.