Kenny Britt has filed an injury grievance against the Patriots, according to a source who spoke with Ben Volin of The Boston Globe (on Twitter). The wide receiver is seeking his entire $1.05MM salary that was owed to him for the 2018 season.
The Patriots released Britt on Aug. 22 without an injury designation. That’s a major point of contention for Britt, since a hamstring issue prevented him from taking part in training camp.
Per league rules, 40% of the grievance will impact the Patriots’ salary cap, so the Pats are currently carrying a $420K expense for Britt. That wouldn’t be a big deal for most teams, but it impacts the Patriots as they have just $1.27MM in total cap room.
In the offseason, Britt appeared to be in line for a key role in the Patriots’ offense. Then, just a couple of weeks ago, the Pats were thinking about re-signing Britt, but the Josh Gordon trade derailed those plans.
If Britt returns to full health this year, he could be an interesting pickup for a team in need. His 2017 season was disastrous, but he’s not far removed from his 1,000-yard season with the Rams in 2016.
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