WR Britt close to deal with Patriots

WR Britt close to deal with Patriots

Britt is a key addition for the Patriots receiving corps of Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan and Danny Amendola, who struggled mightily without tight end Rob Gronkowksi Monday in the team's loss to the Miami Dolphins.

The New England Patriots are close to signing free agent wide receiver Kenny Britt.

Britt fills two needs: He gives the Patriots a big, physical receiver on the perimeter, and he becomes the fourth former Rutgers player on the roster.

Although it will be a challenge for Britt to come in and make an immediate impact based on his lack of background in New England's offensive system, perhaps he could fill a similar niche role as Floyd (also a bigger target at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds) late last season.

There's no denying that Britt was bought high, off a season in which he hauled in 68 passes for 1,002 yards and five touchdowns over 15 games with the Los Angeles Rams.

Britt signed with Cleveland in the offseason, inking a lucrative $32.5 million deal with $10.5 million in guarantees. New England now has three former Rutgers players - Devin McCourty, Duron Harmon and Jonathan Freeney - on its active roster. Past year marked his first time topping the 1,000-yard mark in a season.

ESPN's Adam Schefter corroborated the report, while NFL Media's Ian Rapoport revealed that Britt will be signing a 2-year deal with New England. Then he delivered 18 catches and two touchdowns in nine games, so newly appointed general manager John Dorsey made releasing Britt his first major move last Friday. He has never been a part of a playoff game, but that will all change this season.