There isn't much of a market for a player that has had trouble with the law and has only started 17 games over the past three seasons, but the production that Kenny Britt provided before he tore his ACL during the 2011 season is enough to tantalize teams into offering him a contract this offseason. That team shouldn't be the Jets, as they are in a cap position to offer a longer-term deal for a more reliable, explosive wide receiver.
Britt, 25, was drafted in the first round of the 2009 draft out of Rutgers. He played well during his rookie season, racking up over 40 catches for 701 yards and three touchdowns. Flashes of his potential were on full display throughout the season, like when he caught 11 passes for 128 yards along with the game-winning touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 12.
The next season proved to be a stepping-stone in the right direction for Britt as he had similar numbers to the season before but averaged nearly two yards more per catch while adding six more touchdowns. The hype surrounding Britt's progress had many analysts predicting a breakout year for the wide receiver before the 2011 season got underway.
The season started out perfectly for Britt as he caught 14 passes for 271 yards and three touchdowns in the first two games of the season. The gaudy stats seemed likely to continue until he blew out his knee on a crossing pattern against the Denver Broncos in Week 3, thus ending his season with a torn ACL.
Britt would return but would put up mediocre stats over the past couple of seasons, eventually being relegated to fourth on the depth chart by the end of last season.
On top of the decrease in production, Britt has found himself in quite a bit of trouble since entering the NFL. He has had nine incidences with the police and has been arrested two separate times in his home state of New Jersey.
The Jets could have upwards of $30 million in salary cap space this offseason—pending on a variety of moves, so with a prominent need at wide receiver Britt's services don't seem to make much sense for a team willing to spend substantial amounts towards a true, reliable playmaker. This is made even more evident when you look at the value that is available in both the draft and in the free agency market. Rotoworld has him rated as the 15th best wide receiver in this year's free agency class, which wouldn't make him worth much of an investment for a team like the Jets.