The St. Louis Rams agreed to terms with free agent wide receiver Kenny Britt on Monday. Britt is yet another formerTennessee Titans player to join Jeff Fisher in St. Louis. Britt signed a one-year contract to join the Rams, with $1.4 million in base salary and incentives that can take it all the way to $2.9 million.
Britt played out the final year of his rookie contract, and the Titans did not try to bring him back. In fact, the team attempted to trade him at multiple points last season. He played some good football for the Titans, but never lived up to his hype, primarily due to a series of injuries. It's worth noting that Britt has an incredibly high ceiling and was once considered a No. 1 receiver.
If he can get his problems with his hands under control and remain healthy, Britt could be an impact player in the NFL. Generally regarded as a strong red zone threat, Britt could be just what the Rams need. St. Louis has had significant issues at wide receiver for years and going out and taking a flier on guys like Britt is exactly the right way to go about improving the position.
Over at Turf Show Times, they have some thoughts on what role Britt will play:
If health is on his side, I'd say a pretty large one. He's the only established wide receiver on the roster. He may not have the raw talent as Tavon Austin, but he knows how to play the game ... and has done it at a pretty high level playing with some putrid quarterback situations in Tennessee. He gives the Rams a legit presence on the outside, finally. From here, he looks like the No. 1 receiver.
It looks like the Rams will run a similar version of the Zac Stacy-led offense we saw at the end of last season. That's fine. Britt might not produce fantasy-type numbers with so many other mouths to feed and only a handful of passes to go around, but he could still lead the team in receiving stats.
Here's what else you might have missed from Monday in the NFL:
The Washington Redskins signed safety Ryan Clark to a one-year contract on Monday. Clark originally visited Washington two weeks ago, but the 34-year-old safety left without a deal. It sounds like Clark was not pleased with the offer he received from Washington at that point. It's unclear if Clark came back and got the Redskins to offer a bigger deal, or if the team held firm on its offer and Clark did not receive a better offer elsewhere. Clark should immediately be a starter for Washington heading into the 2014-15 season.
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton confirmed that his agents and the Bengals are talking about a contract extension. Dalton is the team's franchise quarterback, but given that he's expecting a rather sizable contract, in line with those contracts given to some of the other young quarterbacks in recent years, the team is trying to be careful with the numbers. Dalton has played well, but has proved totally ineffective when it comes to the playoffs. Cincinnati faces the dilemma of not knowing whether or not Dalton can take them all of the way.
The folks over at Cincy Jungle acknowledge that the decision is easy to describe, but not necessarily to make:
Extend him or don't.
If you don't, you put the spotlight on Dalton to perform. If he's up to the challenge, throw in the extra millions and sign him. If he collapses, then you only confirm that he's incapable of performing under pressure. If you extend him this spring, then you're banking on a belief that he'll eventually grow into the role -- how much longer do you want risk this window? Then again, you're already facing significant risk by replacing Dalton.
The Houston Texans released safety Danieal Manning on Monday. It was initially reported that the Texans had attempted to get Manning to agree to a pay cut and a restructured contract. It looks like Manning said no or simply wouldn't come to the terms that the Texans were after. This makes the Texans worse to be sure, as Manning is a solid player and a starter. It looks as though Manning actually failed a physical with the team, due to knee issues, and his release saves the team over $4 million.
Former San Francisco 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers signed with the Oakland Raiders on Monday. Rogers was released by the 49ers after declining a pay cut for the second consecutive season. San Francisco wasn't exactly set at the cornerback position, but Rogers was set to be one of the highest-paid players on the team. He's still got something left in the tank and could be a starter in Oakland, though given that the Raiders already signed his former teammate Tarell Brown, Rogers might be relegated to a nickel role or another limited role.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin has been cleared for practice, the player announced on Twitter Monday. Martin suffered a torn labrum last season, limiting to him to just six games, most of which were unimpressive performances already. Martin was hoping to build on an incredibly productive rookie campaign last season, but the injury derailed those hopes. He's expected to be the feature back in Tampa Bay next season, provided there are not setbacks now that he's cleared to practice.
The New York Jets hosted a pair of veterans on Monday. Offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger was one, and the other was wide receiver and kick returner Jacoby Ford. The latter is the more interesting prospect, as the Jets are desperate for a playmaking wide receiver. Ford has shown flashes of this in the past, though he doesn't really fit the mold of the traditional wide receiver. He's more like a player that a team tries to get the ball to in whatever way possible, whether it be via end-arounds, returns or something else.
The New York Giants signed cornerback Zack Bowman on Monday. Bowman will join the team on a one-year contract. He was originally drafted by the Bears in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft, and has been with the team since then. He's been a solid starter in recent years, and the Bears likely wanted him back. It's unclear what the Giants paid him, but it seems likely he'll come in and be a starter in New York.