NFL team to replace Greene with Butler for ’16 season
On Saturday, the Cleveland Browns will replace veteran wide receiver Kenny Britt with veteran wideout Jacob Butler for the first two games of the regular season against the Green Bay Packers.
It’s a move that will likely have an immediate impact on the Browns offense, but also will allow the team to give rookie QB Braxton Miller more opportunities to prove himself against top competition.
The Browns will have five games this season to prepare for the playoffs and will likely go as long as five weeks without a victory.
But it’s not just Butler who will get a chance to play in his first playoff game since 2009.
The Browns have the right to use veteran wideouts, so they can also use the fifth-year pro to be an upgrade on their top receiving option.
It will also be a major boost for quarterback Braxton McCoy.
He’s played the most snaps of any Browns player, which could open the door for him to earn more playing time in 2017.
McCoy will play with former teammate Josh Gordon on the other side of the ball.
Gordon and Butler are expected to play well, but neither will be able to match the production of Britt.
Britt is the only receiver with more than 15 catches this season and his 616 yards and eight touchdowns are third on the team behind Cleveland’s Tyreek Hill (836) and Cleveland’s Travis Benjamin (803).
Britt also has more catches than McCoy, but the Browns are expected the veteran to be the beneficiary of the offense’s newfound creativity.
Britt was expected to be traded during the offseason, but he’s still expected to return.
And if he does, the Browns would likely be in position to make a run at a top-five pick.
The draft could take place as early as April.
It would be a shock if the Browns draft any of the top receivers, but if the team does decide to trade for a receiver, it will likely be Britt, who has played just 10 games this year.
The Cleveland Browns signed wide receiver Braxton Britt on Friday.
He played all 13 games in 2016.AP Photo/Darron Cummings”I’m excited about the opportunity, and I’m looking forward to being part of this team for a long time,” Britt said.
“It’s always fun to be in the spotlight and play on the biggest stage in the world.
It’ll be a privilege to be a part of.”
Britt, who had 10 catches for 103 yards in eight games last season, has a chance for a breakout season.
In 2016, Britt had just seven catches for 88 yards and two touchdowns, but his production did rise when he caught nine passes for 117 yards and a touchdown against the Detroit Lions in Week 14.
Britton will be the second receiver to be signed by the Browns, following former first-round pick Isaiah Crowell.
But that signing also came with concerns about his durability.
Cleveland signed Crowell in 2016 to a four-year deal worth $18 million, but Cleveland could see that amount rise with Britt in 2017, and they’ll likely be able afford to let Britt go after the season.
Britty has a long history of injuries.
He tore his ACL and MCL in 2013, his right knee suffered a concussion in 2014 and a broken collarbone in 2015.
The injuries forced Britt to miss two seasons.
Britt missed two games for the Browns last season due to a broken nose.
Brick was the fifth wide receiver taken in the NFL draft.
He was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft, but had knee surgery in the fall of 2014 and missed the next two seasons with the injury.
He has since had a career renaissance and was selected as the fifth overall pick by the Tennessee Titans in 2016, but it was his knee injury that cost him the last two years.
Braddon was drafted in the second round of last year’s draft and has blossomed in Cleveland.
He caught 73 passes for 1,003 yards and seven touchdowns in 2016 and led the Browns with seven catches and 94 yards.
He is the best receiver on the Bengals and is the team’s most productive wide receiver.
Brandi Pritzker/Associated Press”He’s a player who is an immediate upgrade over [Tyreek Hill] and [Travis Benjamin],” Cleveland coach Hue Jackson said.
“[He’s] a guy who can do a lot of things well.
I think [Britton] will have a huge impact.”
Britton, who was a member of the Steelers during the 2015 season, played for former team owner Art Rooney Sr. and the Steelers from 2009 to 2016.
Brandy Z. Sanchez/Associated Images”I’ve always enjoyed playing with [Rooney], and it was a special time with him,” Britt told reporters.
“We all have some special moments with him, and it’ll be nice to be back playing with him.”