Kenny Britt chose the Patriots over the Chiefs and Jaguars

Kenny Britt chose the Patriots over the Chiefs and Jaguars

Jean Francois, 31, was originally signed by New England to the 53-man roster on November 7.

New England Patriots wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell is considered unlikely to return to the field this season, reports Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald. According to the Associated Press, that was Britt's eighth run-in with the police in three years.

The nine-year veteran was released last week from the Cleveland Browns.

He will now have a few days of practice to learn the Patriots' system if he wants to suit up and play on Sunday against the Steelers.

"The 29-year-old will now look to find a role in Tom Brady's offense, offering him a tall target at 6'3".

In addition, the Patriots announced they re-signed defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois. He had a career-best nine touchdown catches in 2010 with Tennessee, where he spent his first five National Football League seasons from 2009 to 2013.

A second-team AP All-Pro last season, Cannon played in seven of the first eight games but missed the last five with an ankle injury.

Britt joins Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan, Danny Amendola, Phillip Dorsett and Matthew Slater on the Patriots' wide receiver depth chart. He was inactive in Weeks 10-14.

New England will break a tie with the Chicago Bears and have the most active Rutgers alums on its roster after Britt signs. He appeared in one game and made two tackles. Freeny spent time with Baltimore and Jacksonville after being released by New England. Four of the 19 total will play in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

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