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Patriots are paying WR Kenny Britt pennies for 2017 with an option for more money in 2018

The Patriots get a productive receiver on a cheap deal.

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The New England Patriots signed 6’3, 215 pound wide receiver Kenny Britt to a 2-year deal and ESPN’s Adam Schefter has the full contract information. Britt will play under the veteran’s minimum for the rest of 2017 and the Patriots have a team-option to extend Britt into 2018 for $1.5 million with an additional $500,000 in possible incentives.

Basically, Britt will have the final three weeks of the season and however long the Patriots postseason lasts to make a good impression on the team. If successful, he’ll stick around for at least the summer because even if the full $1.5 million base salary for 2018 is guaranteed, it’s not a deal-breaking amount of dead cap if he’s ultimately released.

Britt received $10.5 million in guarantees from the Cleveland Browns this past offseason, so he’s fine playing for a small amount with a chance to reset his market value. Britt collected 1,002 yards and 5 touchdowns for the hapless Los Angeles Rams in 2016, just one season ago.

The Patriots are heading into 2018 with impressive depth at wide receiver. The Patriots have Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Brandin Cooks, Phillip Dorsett, Malcolm Mitchell, and Britt under contract and there’s always an opening for Danny Amendola to return on a cheap deal. Add in the tight ends of Rob Gronkowski, Martellus Bennett, Dwayne Allen, and Jacob Hollister, and quarterback Tom Brady will have plenty of toys for the new year.