Eagles reportedly expected to show interest in Kenny Britt
NFL free agency is set to begin Thursday at 4 p.m. The Philadelphia Eagles are one of many teams who are expected to be active when the new league year opens up.
One position of need that the Eagles will focus on in free agency is wide receiver. This past season, the Eagles’ issues at wide receiver were well-documented.
With their receiver struggles, the Eagles have been linked to many wideouts this offseason, including Brandin Cooks, DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, Terrelle Pryor and Kenny Stills.
However, you can now add another wide receiver to the list as according to ESPN.com’s Tim McManus, the Eagles are expected to show interest in free agent Kenny Britt.
Britt had a spectacular 2016 season with the Los Angeles Rams as he posted career highs in receptions (68), yards (1,002), and touchdowns (5).
Despite the Rams starting both Case Keenum and 2016 number one overall pick Jared Goff under center, who each struggled while quarterbacking the Rams offense, Britt was still able to have a successful season.
Britt’s 2016 success can be paired to his wide receiver coach in Los Angeles, Mike Groh, who is now the Eagles’ wide receivers coach.
If the Eagles are able to sign Britt, it gives them a competent, big-body target on the outside. Britt, who is 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, would essentially replace Dorial Green-Beckham, who had a few good moments in 2016, but still has a lot to learn.
The Eagles would not have to break the bank for Britt either. According to Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, Britt is expected to land a contract between $6M-$8M per year.
Additionally, he would come at a cheaper price tag than Alshon Jeffery, who is looking for $14 million per year and cost less Jackson, who may break the bank as well.
Nevertheless, Britt is a great option for a young team that is still developing and trying to find their identity. He will also make life easier for Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, giving him a target outside the numbers and in the red zone.