Kenny Britt's 2012 suspension voided some base salary escalation (USA Today Sports Images)
Since entering the NFL as a first-round pick of the Tennessee Titans in the 2009 NFL draft, wide receiver Kenny Britt has had multiple run-ins with law enforcement, mostly in his home state of New Jersey. The repeated off-field incidents, including a DUI arrest last July, earned Britt a one-game suspension in 2012.
According to a source with knowledge of Britt's contract details, that one-game suspension from 2012 has voided $675,000 in 2013 base salary escalation that Britt had earned in three of his first four seasons in the NFL.
Britt's five-year rookie contract was worth $9.15 million, but could reach a maximum of $12.25 million as Britt could earn up to $3.1 million in escalators to his 2013 base salary. During each of the first four seasons of the contract, Britt could add up to $775,000 to his 2013 salary through his production (65 receptions or 1,100 receiving yards or 15 touchdowns would add $700,00 to his 2013 salary) and individual honors ($75,000 for each year he made the Pro Bowl). The production levels mentioned above (65 catches, 1,110 yards, 15 touchdowns) were the ceiling as there were three lower levels that would allow Britt to add money to his 2013 base salary.
Britt would add $675,000 to his 2013 base salary by reaching the minimum reception requirement (41 receptions) in 2009, 2010 and 2012. Britt had 42 receptions in 2009 and 2010, and 45 catches in 2012, so he just barely reached the minimum. Throughout the offseason, Britt had been on the Titans' books for a base salary of $1,572,500, but according to the NFLPA database, his salary is now back to the same $897,500 level it has been since the Titans exercised a $2.935 million option bonus in 2010.
When healthy, Britt has the skill-set to be a dominant receiver in the NFL. The 24-year-old Britt reportedly spent more time away from New Jersey this offseason, which is probably a good thing as he enters his contract year.
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