In 2007, St. Louis Rams’ wide receiver Torry Holt finished his season with 1,189 receiving yards. And it wasn’t until the 2016 season that the Rams had themselves another 1,000+ yard receiver.
Kenny Britt had a career year in Los Angeles this season. For the first time since being drafted by Jeff Fisher’s Titans in 2009, he eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark himself, finishing his 2016 campaign with 1,002 yards and five touchdowns.
But Britt, the team’s top receiver, is a now a free agent. Having had such a strong performance in a contract year, he’s bound to seek the attention of potential suitors looking for receiver help in free agency.
According to Ben Standig, of Breaking Burgundy, multiple sources have confirmed Washington’s interest in Britt. With uncertainty surrounding the futures of DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, who are also free agents, Britt would be a viable replacement should they lose one or both.
"Not sure they'll re-sign Pierre or DeSean," said a league source close to the situation. "They might have to sign somebody else.”
Despite having been in the league for nine years now, Britt just turned 28 this past September. Both Garcon and Jackson are on the wrong side of 30.
Should Washington truly show interest, it may be difficult for the Rams to retain Britt, assuming he’s more interested in a pay day than loyalty to an organization currently in dismay. Washington, according to Spotrac, have the league’s fifth highest cap figure ($67.3M) in 2017. If it becomes a bidding war, considering the glaring holes all over their roster, the Rams may or may not have the firepower needed to retain him.
If the Rams are unable to keep Britt, that leaves them with Tavon Austin, Brian Quick (who’s also a free agent), Pharoh Cooper, Mike Thomas, Paul McRoberts, Bradley Marquez, and Nelson Spruce on their roster.
The Rams will either need to a) make a serious push to retain Britt, or b) move wide receiver way up their list of offseason priorities. Stay tuned.