It’s his first day on the job and new general manager John Dorsey is immediately making changes to the roster.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the team has waived wide receiver Kenny Britt on Friday afternoon.
Britt joined Cleveland on the first day of free agency back in March, signing a four year, $32.5 million dollar contract with $17 million guaranteed. This was coming off his best year a professional football player with 68 catches for 1,002 yards and five touchdowns with the Los Angeles Rams
However in nine games with the Browns, he never once lived up to the price tag Sashi Brown put on him. He was targeted 38 times and made 18 catches for 233 yards and two touchdowns.
Not to mention he was a bad influence on the young receivers surrounding him and was trouble in the locker room during his times with the media acting unprofessional and immature.
He broke curfew during a road trip to Houston two months ago with second year wide receiver Corey Coleman and both were sent home by the organization and was also seen out late at a Cleveland along with Coleman as well as rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer.
Brown never wanted to admit the mistake he made paying Britt all that money and cutting him despite all the problems he was causing and it’s obvious Dorsey was made aware of it and acted quickly.
Now Britt gets to go home and collect the rest of $10.5 million dollar guaranteed salary for the rest of the NFL season. It’s highly unlikely he’ll be claimed because of the high price tag so he’ll become a free agent. He has some talent but teams need to do serious homework on him before even considering bringing him in.
Financially, Britt’s contract doesn’t hurt the Browns in terms of cap space because they have a lot of it heading into the offseason. They had $104 million in cap space and after cutting Britt actually went up to $108.7 million in cap space after this year’s amount of $53.7 million rolls into next year’s amount of $55 million.
Britt now is up there with Jeff Garcia, Andre Rison and Dwayne Bowe as all-time free agent busts for the Cleveland Browns but it’s a great sign that Dorsey and Jackson aren’t going to stand and hold people accountable for their actions both on and off the field.
It’s hopefully a great sign of things to come for the future of the Cleveland Browns.