It's been quite the week already for Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt. First came the news that Britt was briefly benched in the Titans Week 2 loss to the Houston Texans for a holding penalty. From Jim Wyatt of the The Tennessean:
He was benched for a stretch of the 30-24 overtime loss to the Texans on Sunday because coaches were tired of his mistakes and his lackadaisical approach to blocking.
On Tuesday, Britt took to twitter to express his displeasure with his role on the Titans, posting these series of tweets:
— Jay Domingo (@RockyJohnson22) September 17, 2013 "> (RT from Britt)
Looks like the Titans pullin that Jared Cook card .. Looking like this the last year ill be sayin #TitanUp .. So lets make it a Great year
— Kenny Britt (@KennyBritt_18) September 17, 2013 ">
On the season, Britt has 5 receptions on 11 targets for 43 yards and 0 touchdowns. The Titans can certainly lose that "production" and plug Michael Preston or rookie Justin Hunter in and probably not miss a beat. This would also give tight end Delanie Walker a chance to get more involved in the offense.
In Week 1 the Titans had 4 wide receivers active while in Week 5 they had 5. The Titans have options at receiver which is one of the deepest positions on the roster. Nate Washington and Kendall Wright are getting the most targets anyway. Damian Williams is expected to return to practice Wednesday and could play Sunday. Finally, as I mentioned before, Michael Preston and Justin Hunter could replace Britt as well.
The Titans aren't likely to trade Britt as he is cheap and really who is going to trade for a disgruntled and inconsistent wide receiver with Britt's injury history and track record? Britt is toxic right now and I don't see any team rushing forward to trade for this headache. If the Titans could pull the trigger for a late round pick you would have to think it might be worth it. I just don't see it happening.
The Titans clearly aren't happy with his attitude and the benching obviously didn't work. The next step could be to deactivate him and see is that serves as motivation.
Britt can't seem to grasp that he is auditioning not just for the Titans but for other teams in the league as he is in a contract year. His little temper tantrum did him no favors as his value has assuredly dropped. How much has Britt's value dropped due to this week's fallout? It likely could be millions.