CLEVELAND -- Kenny Britt’s time with the Cleveland Browns will not be remembered for highlight-reel catches, great leadership or stories of lessons learned from a well-respected coaching staff, and that’s not just by fans and members of the media.
Britt himself admitted Wednesday that his experience with the Browns, who cut him 14 weeks into a four-year contract, and the New England Patriots, who will face the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis Sunday, could not be more different.
“It’s been awesome since I’ve been here, since I stepped in the door, a great experience,” Britt said.
“I’m taking it all in. I’m blessed to be here.
“There ain’t nothing to talk about. It’s a totally different side to the spectrum, to tell you the truth, and being able to come here and have an opportunity to play with these guys has been awesome, and I haven’t been looking back since.”
According to ESPN Cleveland’s Tony Grossi, Britt put the blame for his and the Browns’ struggles squarely at the feet of coach Hue Jackson, whom his agent ripped in the immediate aftermath of his December departure.
“‘Good players, good teams, can’t overcome bad coaching.’ Simple as that,” Britt told Grossi.
“I’ve learned so much. These guys take their job real seriously, day in and day out. No detail is too small. That’s one thing they harp on -- getting every detail right. That’s the reason they’ve had so much success.”
One of the key free-agent signings on the first day of the new league year last March, Britt was waived on Friday, December 8, after playing in just nine games for the organization and on the first full day under new general manager John Dorsey.
Britt signed a four-year, $32.5 million contract with the Browns, of which $17 million was guaranteed.
“Being cut by Cleveland was definitely not my lowest point in the NFL, and that’s just something to knock off the shoulder and put behind me,” Britt said. “Like I said, lesson learned and I’m onto another chapter in my life, and I’m happy about it.”
In his nine games with the Browns, Britt caught only 18 passes, which, ironically enough, was his jersey number in Cleveland. Britt gained 233 yards and scored two touchdowns with three of his receptions going for gains of at least 20 yards.
Along with fellow receiver Corey Coleman, Britt was sent home from Houston for missing curfew ahead of a 33-17 loss to the Texans at NRG Stadium on Sunday, October 15.
Britt joined the Browns after his only 1,000-yard season in the NFL, one in which he caught 68 passes for 1,002 yards and five touchdowns for the Los Angeles Rams. Britt averaged 14.7 yards per catch and 66.8 yards per game, caught 15 20-yard passes and four that went for 40 or more yards. Forty-seven of Britt’s 68 catches went for Rams first downs in 2016.
“I’m pretty sure everybody else would,” Britt said when asked if he feels like the luckiest man in the world to go from a team that eventually finished the 2017 season 0-16 to a Super Bowl contender. “My wife does. I’m glad I have an opportunity to be in a place where I’m well respected and guys are glad for me to be here.”