Report: Patriots set to meet with Britt on Monday

Report: Patriots set to meet with Britt on Monday
March 16, 2014, 4:15 pm
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Apparently the Patriots aren't done perusing the free-agent market for wide receivers.

One day after coming to terms with receivers Julian Edelman and Brandon LaFell, New England is scheduled to be paid a visit by free-agent wideout Kenny Britt on Monday, according to Pro Football Talk.

Britt is receiving a heck of a lot of interest for a guy who was a healthy scratch for the Titans in three of the last four weeks of the 2013 regular season. PFT is reporting that the 25-year-old will be headed to visit the Redskins after his meeting with the Patriots, and he's considering making trips to meet with other teams after his jaunt to Washington, DC.

Britt has already visited with his former head coach Jeff Fisher in St. Louis for a meeting with the Rams.

Why all the interest? Britt is 6-foot-3, 215 pounds and possesses the ability to be a legitimate No. 1 guy outside the numbers in an NFL passing attack. He ran a 4.47 40-yard dash at the Combine in 2009. He also showed a 37-inch vertical leap and put up 23 reps in the 225-pound bench as a rookie out of Rutgers.

He's a rare athlete, and he's proven his ability on the field in flashes. In his rookie year, he played in 16 games and finished with 42 catches for 702 yards and three touchdowns. In 2010, his second season with the Titans, he caught 42 balls for 772 yards and nine touchdowns in 12 games.

However, Britt's also had a spate of injuries and off-the-field issues that could give teams pause.

In his five-year career, he has had nine documented run-ins with the law. He allegedly led police on a car chase in 2011 and later pleaded guilty to careless driving. One day after making his guilty plea, he was arrested again -- this time by narcotics officers -- for resisting arrest. In January of 2013, Britt's brother was stabbed, and when questioned by police, Britt was uncooperative.

Britt was suspended for Week 1 of the 2012 season following an arrest on suspicion of DUI.

The season before, in 2011, he played in just three games before tearing his ACL and MCL in his right knee. He has had surgeries on both knees, the most recent of which was an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee in the summer of 2012.

Over the course of his five-year career, Britt has played in 57 games, making 30 starts. Last season was perhaps his most forgettable as he was plagued by drops and penalties, and he publicly criticized by the Titans coaching staff. He finished the year with just 11 receptions in 12 games.

Britt is on record saying he was not given a "fair shake" in Tennessee last season and maintained that wherever he ends up in 2014, he will be the No. 1 receiver he's been expected to be.

"I am going to tell you: I am going to be a No.1 receiver somewhere else if I am not here next year, and that is guaranteed," Britt told the Nashville Tennessean on Dec. 26. "I am definitely going to be a receiver that makes plays on Sundays and makes something happen for a team."

Britt left Rutgers after his junior season to enter into the 2009 NFL draft where he was selected with the 30th overall pick.