Kenny Britt has talent and the uncanny knack for causing headaches for the Tennessee Titans. With his off-the-field problems not going away could the team ship him to a receiver-needy squad like the New York Jets?
Mike Munchak and Titans front office mum on Britt discipline
Tennessee head coach Mike Munchak still hasn't offered any comment on what the team plans to do with Britt as far as discipline for his latest arrest weeks ago. Britt got charged with DUI on an army base in Kentucky, making it his eighth incident since getting drafted three years ago. Add on that Britt hasn't fully recovered from a bad knee injury suffered last season and few teams would blame the Titans for cutting their losses and moving on. However the mixed signals continued when Munchak hinted Britt could play as early as the last preseason game. That could show the Titans are willing to give the receiver one more chance. On the other hand they might already have designs on trading him. Since Britt still has a couple of years left on his contract, just cutting him doesn't give the team anything in return. If Britt can show his knee is stable and working, his trade value will instantly go up. Given the number of teams who need receiving help Tennessee could find a taker long before the Week 8 trade deadline.
Jets resorting to Antonio Cromartie experiment over Stephen Hill
The New York Jets are one team that could enter those sweepstakes. Gang Green entered the offseason by letting tall target Plaxico Burress go in free agency. They worked to replace him with Georgia Tech receiver Stephen Hill. While experts love the measurable of Hill including his height and size, they also don't think he will help the Jets for at least a year given his inexperience playing in a pro-style offense. That leaves the New York receivers very thin. Top man Santonio Holmes and wingman Chaz Schilens are the only two names casual fans recognize. After that it is a mixed bag of undrafted free agents and cast offs. For a team aiming at a playoff return that won't cut it, which is why Coach Rex Ryan gave the green light for starting corner Antonio Cromartie to work out with the offense. Cromartie has often bugged coaches to let him play wide receiver since he was a rookie with the San Diego Chargers. At 6'2" he has optimal height but doesn't have the best hands or run the best routes. Cromartie is happy for the chance though and wants to prove he can play both ways. If the Jets are this open to letting him it does present a problem. Championship teams usually don't want defensive backs catching passes for their offense, which is why the Kenny Britt saga could interest New York. Their coaches are no strangers to troubled players. His addition might give the offense the explosion it lacks.
The Tennessee Titans and Mike Munchak hold serve with the Britt Question. Until then the New York Jets must settle on teaching Stephen Hill and hoping Antonio Cromartie isn't just screwing around.