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Browns release WR Kenny Britt on John Dorsey’s first day

No, the 49ers should not claim or sign him.

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New Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey wasted no time in putting his stamp on the team. The Browns released veteran wide receiver Kenny Britt on Friday. Britt signed a four-year, $32 million deal this offseason, but only has 18 receptions for 233 yards and two touchdowns in 2017.

Britt will go through waivers, which means any of the other 31 NFL teams are allowed to claim him and his contract. I am guessing he will not be claimed off waivers, but will instead become a free agent and sign a contract somewhere.

I do not think the 49ers should bother bringing him in. Britt got a big contract coming off a thousand-yard season with the Los Angeles Rams last year. He showed some solid work at times, but prior to that, he had shown little in the way of anything particularly good. There’s just not a lot of value there.

The 49ers send out a starting trio of Louis Murphy, Marquise Goodwin, and Trent Taylor at wide receiver. I’d rather see more of Kendrick Bourne and Victor Bolden mixed in, rather than give Britt some run these final few weeks. Adding Britt to the 49ers depth chart would give Jimmy Garoppolo another experienced receiver to throw to, but for the most part, I just don’t see much to gain adding Britt.