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St. Louis Rams take a shot on disappointing receiver Kenny Britt

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Potential, no matter the baggage off the field or the lack of on-field results, will always get a second (and third, maybe a fourth) look. Receiver Kenny Britt has a ton of potential, and the St. Louis Rams aren't shy about ignoring everything else.

Britt signed with the Rams, a match that shouldn't be too surprising. The deal is one year for $1.4 million, according to mulitple reports. Based on what he has done lately, Britt might not even deserve that much. He had 974 yards over the past three seasons combined with Tennessee, not to mention multiple incidents with police that led to a one-game NFL suspension in 2012. He fell way out of favor in Tennessee last year and had just 11 catches for 96 yards. The Titans didn't try to re-sign their former first-round pick.

Ah, but potential. Britt has plenty of it. Rams coach Jeff Fisher is aware, considering he coached Britt in Tennessee. For Britt's first couple seasons he was a tantalizing but injury prone receiver, a deep threat even at 6-foot-3 and 223 pounds. He averaged 15.6 yards per catch in his five Titans seasons, and doesn't turn 26 until September. Surely the Rams looked at the best-case scenario of a focused and healthy Britt, with a fresh start in a new organization and very few expectations, and were interested enough to bring him in.

It will be interesting to see if the move works. The Rams could use a dangerous outside receiver to go with Tavon Austin inside. And even if Britt does just enough to remind teams of his potential, he's likely to land somewhere else next season.

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