In some rather shocking news coming from New England Patriots camp, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that the team is set to release wide receiver Kenny Britt.
Sources: The #Patriots are releasing WR Kenny Britt. A fairly big surprise given the expectations coming into camp.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 22, 2018
As Rapoport noted, the 29-year-old Britt entered training camp with high expectations. Once New England released Malcolm Mitchell and saw Julian Edelman suspended for the first four games of the season, it seemed to be a lock Britt would earn a spot on the 53-man roster.
Britt signed a two-year, $2.4 million deal with the Patriots last December after being released by the Cleveland Browns. That came mere months after Cleveland inked him to a four-year, $32.5 million free agent deal.
It’s possible that the addition of Eric Decker this summer played a role in this decision. Even then, the release of the former 1,000-yard receiver leaves New England even more thin at that position.