It's easy for some teams to find a short-term answer like the Miami Dolphins have at receiver. However, given their hopes for the future is it wrong for them to risk taking Kenny Britt from the Tennessee Titans?
Day by day the decision by Miami to give receiver Chad Johnson his chance at redemption seems like the smartest of the offseason. All reports from the fast and furious training camp down in South Beach say the man formerly known as Ochocinco has done everything from field punts and kickoffs to owning his matchups with Dolphins defenders. Since the team made a huge gamble trading Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall, it's hoped that the 33-year-old Johnson can step in and help the offense and whichever quarterback head coach Joe Philbin decides to start. If things play out well then Johnson may have enough left in the tank to add a seventh Pro Bowl to his own credentials. A bigger problem though is if the Miami Dolphins can sustain success beyond Johnson. While he still could have a few good years left the rest of team receivers lack star power. Since the team wants Ryan Tannehill to lead the way sooner or later, they will need a young target for him to grow with. Is their any way for them to find one?
Titans can't pair Britt with Kendall Wright if arrests don't stop
Miami gave away Marshall for a reason but if Coach Philbin can keep Johnson under control than why not a young receiver with some off-the-field problems. Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt isn't a locker room issue but he can't seem to stay away from constant run-ins with police. His latest blunder came when he got arrested for DUI at an army base in Kentucky. Now the 23-year-old awaits his fate both from the NFL and the Titans. The arrest made it his eighth since joining Tennessee and given some issues with an injured knee it's hard for some not to wonder whether the time has come for the team to cut their losses. For all the talent Britt has, he hasn't shown the maturity to become a real pro football player. That and the drafting of Baylor receiver Kendall Wright could give the team enough confidence to either release or trade him. All signs though point to them giving him another chance, but with teams like Miami still needing receiver help Britt's value won't go higher than it is now.
The Dolphins did trade away one headache in Brandon Marshall for another in Kenny Britt. However, NFL success depends by how well coaches can turn troubled players around. If Joe Philbin can make it happen for Chad Johnson than the Tennessee Titans might find Miami interested in trying out Britt.