Identifying 6 Nate Burleson Replacement Options for the Detroit Lions

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Kenny Britt (trade, Tennessee)

Sep 22, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt (18) leaps to catch a pass against San Diego Chargers defensive back Jahleel Addae (37) during the first half at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Kenny Britt is actually a much close parallel to Titus Young than Josh Gordon is, because Britt’s issues involve numerous run-ins with the law, the most recent of which was in January.

It’s important to note that when I say “run-ins with the law,” I don’t necessarily mean situations in which Britt was arrested or implicated. In January, his “run-in” consisted of him driving a friend to the hospital after he was stabbed. However, Britt seems to be one of those people who doesn’t look for trouble, but puts himself in places it can find him.

Britt is a talented downfield receiver in Tennessee, but his constant issues and a Tweet from Britt in which he suggested he wanted out of town have his relationship with the Titans strained. The Titans might be interested in moving a potential malcontent, but they might also be interested in keeping their best receiver on a team off to a 2-1 start.

Risk: Very High

Like Gordon, Britt is both highly talented and highly volatile. That means the Lions would have to give up a lot for an experiment that might blow up in their faces. They could try to offload Mikel Leshoure in the deal to lower the price, though. The Titans might be interested in Leshoure as a temporary replacement for Shonn Greene, who is expected out a few weeks with a knee injury.

Reward: High

Britt once had 225 receiving yards and three touchdowns in a single game, so there’s no question he can be productive. Of course, that game came two days after he got into a bar fight, and that’s pretty much Britt in a nutshell. He’s a roll of the dice.