Rams Sign Former Titans Wideout Kenny Britt

Posted Apr 8, 2014

Former Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt signed a contract with the St. Louis Rams on Monday.

In a move to add a proven downfield threat, the Rams agreed to terms Monday with wide receiver Kenny Britt.

The move, which is the Rams’ third free agent signing in a week’s span, could represent one of the team’s most significant offseason additions to date.

Britt, a five-year veteran who has spent his entire career with the Tennessee Titans, will be reunited with Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher. Britt played under Fisher in Tennessee from 2009-2010. That time period coincided with the two most productive seasons of Britt’s career. He averaged 42 receptions for 738 yards and six touchdowns over that two-season span. His performance peaked in 2010, when, despite missing four games to injury, Britt led the Titans with 775 yards and nine touchdown receptions.

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At 6’3” and 215 pounds, Britt brings size and a degree of physicality to the receiver position that the Rams have sought in recent years. He has averaged 15.6 yards per reception for his career, and has posted two seasons with an average of 17 yards or more per reception.  WR Brian Quick paced the Rams in yards per catch in a limited role in 2013, averaging 16.8 yards per catch on 18 receptions.

Britt saw his role diminish significantly last year, grabbing just 11 receptions for 96 yards but at 25 years old, figures to be well within the prime years of his career. He joins a Rams receiving corps that is among the most youthful in the league, led by last year’s rookie tandem of Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey.

In recent months, the Rams’ brass has been consistent in its praise of the team’s talented receiving group. While meeting with media at the NFL Combine, Fisher General Manager Les Snead emphasized a desire to see that group build off their experience in 2013. Adding the veteran presence of Britt, however, could serve to hasten the learning curve of that young receiving unit, as well as provide the Rams with an accomplished on-field presence.

Following a first week of free agency that saw the Rams’ prioritize the re-signing of guard Rodger Saffold, Fisher remained convinced the team would remain active in the coming weeks leading up to the draft. The Rams’ recent activity has confirmed that outlook.

Britt becomes the team’s third significant free agent acquisition over the past week. He’s joined by the signing of veteran quarterback Shaun Hill and defensive lineman Alex Carrington, who agreed to terms with the Rams last week.