The six-year veteran was one of the final cuts made by the Chicago Bears as the team reached its league-mandated 53-player roster size a week before its season opener.
Britton, a 6-foot-6, 308-pound offensive lineman, was one of 17 players released by the Bears on Saturday before the 1 p.m. deadline (PDT) set by the NFL.
Unlike most of the players waived by Chicago, Britton didn’t have much of a chance to prove himself during the team’s summer training camp and four preseason games.
Britton was unavailable for most of the action, as the 26-year-old was recovering from a knee injury and only played against the Cleveland Browns in the preseason finale Thursday in which he made his final start with the Bears.
Britton arrived in Chicago last season, made four starts and appeared in 13 total games as both an extra lineman and occasional tight end.
Prior to the 2013 campaign, Britton spent four seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who selected him with the 39th pick overall in the second round of the 2009 draft out of the University of Arizona.
Britton’s departure means Chicago’s roster will include eight offensive linemen, including two rookies, and three tight ends.
While there is a possibility the Bears may resign Britton later this season, particularly should injuries create an opening, it’s almost certain he won’t be with the club when it kicks off the season Sept. 7 at home versus Buffalo.
For his career, Britton has played in 50 games and made 34 starts over his previous five years in the league.
Britton was an All-Area standout at Burroughs, graduating in 2005 after a senior season in which he starred on the offensive and defensive lines and was named the Foothill League Lineman of the Year. He is reportedly scheduled to have his high school number retired by Burroughs later this high school season.