Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 3/31/13
When the Titans drafted Kenny Britt in 2009, it was the first time in over a decade they had used a first-round pick on a wide receiver.Britt had an impressive career at Rutgers and the thought was that he would make a great number one for Vince Young. In the Titans' minds, those two along with Chris Johnson were going to be the foundation for the next decade. Flash forward four years later. While Johnson has been productive, Young is no longer on the team and Britt is is two years removed from ACL/MCL surgery.He is also in the last year of his rookie deal.Britt's career has been tumultuous at best. He has shown major potential throughout his career, but has also had many off the field issues - all mainly with the police.Britt's latest incident was in January 2013 when he was wanted for questioning by New Jersey police about a stabbing and could not be found anywhere. It turned into a giant manhunt and he finally turned himself in a few weeks later. His most noticeable incident was when he led police on a car chase in his hometown.A lot of people were wondering if Britt would be handed an indefinite suspension by the NFL, but it looks as if no punishment will be handed out.The Titans have dealt with Britt's issues for two reasons: his contract is cheap, his knee and that one word - "potential". Britt hasn't cost the Titans' much - his rookie contract totals out to around $9.5 million total over five years. In 2013 he will only count $2.3 million against the cap.Britt's immaturity and lack of production have left many around Nashville wondering if he will get a new contract at the end of the season. I believe that if he doesn't have a big year then he will won't be back in Tennessee in 2014.Titans' GM Ruston Webster has been quoted saying Britt is "on the spot to produce" this season, but a lot of other players and coaches are as well. However, Britt's case is different - not every player has had behavioral issues and was a first-round pick.Britt has yet to play a full season. His best year was in 2010 when he went 42/775/9 TD. Britt was set to take off in 2011, but he tore his ACL and MCL in the thrid game of the season.If the Titans have a bad season then a lot of changes will be made from the coaching staff to player personnel, but if Britt has a good year will it be enough to keep him around?The list of free-agent wide receivers in 2014 is good, but not great. Two of the biggest names - Hakeem Nicks and Mike Williams - will most likely remain with their teams.  Anquan Boldin will be a free agent as well, but he is a little old. Names such as Eric Decker, Jeremy Maclin, Jacoby Jones and James Jones will be available, but are they true number one receivers like Britt could be?Another issue the Titans will have to deal with is not only losing Britt, but Marc Mariani will be a free agent too. Losing two receivers could really hurt a young quarterback trying to develop.While the Titans are expected to take Chance Warmack with the 10th overall pick, if he's not there they could take a look at a Keenan Allen or Cordarrelle Patterson to replace Britt.  The 2014 receiver class is also very strong, too.My main take is this: if the Titans have another 6-10 type year then no one is safe. Bud Adams will clean house and Britt is for sure gone with a lot of the players and coaches that surround him now. If he has a semi-productive season or a year like last, then he is gone.The only way I see Kenny Britt hanging around is if he has an 80+ catch year and he tops 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns. Big expectations, but that's what comes with the task of being a first rounder.I hope he has a big year, because that means the Titans will be competitive and it will help Jake Locker grow more as a passer. However, the odds are that Britt will be elsewhere in 2014.
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