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A Perfect Fit: Kenny Britt Finally Signs with the Tennessee Titans

NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 1: Kenny Britt #18 of the Tennessee Titans addresses the media during the Tennessee Titans Minicamp on May 1, 2009 at Baptist Sports Park in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)
Joseph Hawkes-BeamonContributor IAugust 2, 2009

The Tennessee Titans will finally have their entire 2009 NFL Draft class when the team resumes practice Sunday at Baptist Sports Park.

Kenny Britt, the lone unsigned rookie, and the Titans agreed to a five-year, $12.25 million deal with $6.5 million guaranteed late Saturday.

"We've started training camp and he needs to be here," Titans general manager  Mike Reinfeldt said during the post practice press conference.

Tennessee have had players miss the first two days of training camp before due to contract negotiations.

Safety Michael Griffin, the team's top draft choice in 2007, missed two practices before signing his deal and was on field for the third session on the second day. Last year's rookie sensation Chris Johnson missed the first two practices.

It's important for Britt to get on the practice field. He missed the first two days of training camp and clearly has some catching up to do. He was slowed by a tight hamstring during most of the team's organized activities. What shape Britt arrives in at practice remains a mystery.

"We're getting closer and closer to the ball game and still don't have a sense of his conditioning level," coach Jeff Fisher said. "When he does come in, we'll evaluate him."

Tennessee made Britt the first wide receiver drafted by this team since 1998 when they drafted former University of Utah wide receiver  Kevin Dyson. Tennessee is infatuated with Britt's 6'3", 218 pounds that they are expecting great things out of him.

While at Rutgers, Britt set a Big East Conference record with 3,043 receiving yards in 34 games. Britt is also Rutger's all-time leader in touchdown catches with 17 and had five consecutive 100-yard receiving games in 2008. His 14 career 100-yard receiving games is tied with former University of Pittsburgh standout Larry Fitzgerald.

Britt is counted on to help improve an offense that ranked 27th in the NFL in passing yards in 2008, despite having the league's best record. Tennessee also signed former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Nate Washington to stretch the field.

Tennessee open up the 2009 NFL Preseason against the Buffalo Bills Aug 9. in the Hall of Fame game.

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