The Patriots hosted Britt for a free agent visit during the 2014 offseason but opted to sign wide receiver Brandon LaFell instead. New England also placed offensive lineman Marcus Cannon (ankle) on injured reserve.
He caught just 18 passes for 233 yards in nine games with Cleveland but notched his first 1,000-yard season previous year for a awful Rams team. Last season, Britt logged his first career 1,000-yard season with the Rams, collecting a career-high 68 receptions for 1,002 yards and five touchdowns.
Britt played five years with the Tennessee Titans, which picked him 30th overall in the first round. Britt could play for the receiver-thin Patriots in Sunday's game at Pittsburgh.
Additionally, Britt likely couldn't pass up the chance to take the field with quarterback Tom Brady, who is still playing at an elite level in his 18th campaign.
But Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan, Danny Amendola and perhaps even Phillip Dorsett are ahead of him on the wide receiver depth chart, to say nothing of the prominent role tight end Rob Gronkowski and the Patriots' running backs have in the passing game. Britt could prove to be a strong asset in both the red zone and as a legitimate deep threat. He also played in college at Rutgers and is coming off a 1,000-yard receiving season.
New England will break a tie with the Chicago Bears and have the most active Rutgers alums on its roster after Britt signs.
Freeny's second stint with the Patriots lasted just one game, as the team has cut the veteran according to Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal. The 5-9, 175-pounder appeared in two games with the Patriots as a returner and totaled 32 yards on four punt returns.