Report: Pats agree to terms with Brandon LaFell

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The Panthers recently cut their top wide receiver.  The Panthers have now lost their No. 2 and No. 3 receivers to free agency.

Tom Curran of CSN New England reports that the Patriots have agreed to terms with Brandon LaFell.  Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that it’s a three-year deal.  The loss of LaFell and his 627 receiving yards follows the cutting of Steve Smith (745) and the acquisition of Ted Ginn (556) by the Cardinals.

The acquisition of LaFell comes on the same day the Patriots re-signed Julian Edelman.  Already on the roster were Danny Amendola, Aaron Dobson, and Kenbrell Thompkins.

The Patriots also are reportedly planning to visit with Kenny Britt on Monday.

While the Patriots may not have a high amount of quality at the position, it looks like they’ve got the quantity thing covered.

115 responses to “Report: Pats agree to terms with Brandon LaFell

  1. Bill Belichick is the recipient of the largest fine in the history of the NFL.

    But he didn’t do anything wrong!!! Right, Pats fans?

    BURN THE TAPES!!!!

  2. Can Newton has to be scratching his head, who is this guy going to throw to? I hope no one gives him a hard time when the team regresses.

  3. LaFell is a good receiver. I was hoping the Broncos would get him. What in the heck are the Panthers doing? Cam has no weapons and that great defense is going to spend a lot of time on the field!

  4. Too bad the Vikings didn’t sign LaFell, he’d instantly be their best WR…probably QB as well.

  5. Somebody tell the Broncos the AFC Championship is over. They still trying to beat the Patriots but the team that slaughtered them when it counted is sitting back like “What? we already good. We beat you with the team we got. Wake us when you get on our level…silly rabbit. (can’t cuss…sooo)”

  6. Where are all the pathetic losers with their comments. Oh…it must be past their bedtime!

  7. what the pats need to do is to trade amendola for even a 6th rounder,save some cap,trade wilfork to a team like dallas or the bears fot their first pick and draft a guy like calvin pryor or ha-ha clinton…imagine that secondary,and with their 29th pick draft a guy like louis nix or the best dt on the board…

  8. Look for amend-ol-breakeasy to be cut. Pats and broncs are in a arms race! Kinda cool free agency.

    Panthers fans must be livid

  9. cam newton losing all of his outside receivers going into a contract year.
    losing 2 (minimum) starting OL isnt going to help either. so far the only addition is a slow safety in roman harper.
    not a great day to be a panthers fan im guessing.

  10. Nobody wants to play for Dave Gettleman. He set the tone by the way he treated Steve Smith. After all, if he can treat Smith that way, lesser players have no chance of getting respect.

    Players are retiring and fleeing the sinking ship by any means necessary. This guy acts like he’s won multiple Super Bowls, when he’s just a career suit who it took 30 years to get a GM job.

    He’s disrespectful and respect fits under the cap every time. He repels instead of attracts players. Who wants to play for him? My theory is that he wants to fire Rivera, but can only do it with regression, and he’s making sure that happens.

  11. i think james jones is holding out for a 1 year/ $20 million dollar contract from the panthers. The way things are going, he just might get it

  12. So the Panthers really have no WRs to throw right about now and this may set Cam Newton back by a lot as there aren’t really any stellar studs out there and chemistry and so on is going take the following season to really get.

    This is like Donovan McNabb 2.0 except Chad Lewis is Steve Smith, yes they play different positions but the point trying to make is that should a prime example on how to not put weapons around your star QB especially as everybody is gone and your current roster as of now Pinkstons & Thrashes. Time is the only thing that can tell if this is good or not but right now not looking good.

  13. Love it! Welcome to a real championship contender Brandon! You need to step your game up a bit now, with Brady as your QB instead of athletic, but sometimes inaccurate Cam. I still want to see Britt come in on a veterans minimum type deal, but the WR position is now filling out quite nicely! Go pats.

  14. I would like to formally invite my panthers to call me. I’m 5’11 and 50 lbs overweight … I run a 5.6 40 and I would be pleased to make the league min as a wr … Call me Dave. Smh

  15. @ jealous hater nation

    everything the Patriots do makes the news because they are relevant.

    don’t you wish your team was relevant?

    and the Patriots haven’t won a Superbowl since-

    Tedy Bruschi, Richard Seymour, Mike Vrabel, Willie Mcginest,Rodney Harrison, Ty Law, ect ect ect…

    who cares about their division? I’m pretty sure they played every division in the NFL the last 13 years and what have they done to everyone of your teams? Dominated! hell they can win 11 games with Matt Cassel as their quarterback.

    Hate on haters! Boston loves it! there’s nothing you can say or do to erase the statistics that will go down as the greatest era in football history! you’ll be dead and their decade and a half of dominance will live on in football infamy!

  16. The talent on defense will not be happy with all the 3 and outs in the future of this team!!

  17. Wow. This has been one of the worst offseasons I’ve seen in the nfl in a long time. Lose key players on an already weak oline, have all your money tied up in your backfield, and lose your 1, 2, and 3, wr on an already weak offensive team. The big addition. The over the hill roman harper. Not sure how they can turn this offseason around but I just saw a pic of gettlemen sitting next to cam and both had towels draped over their heads. Ice up and iced out. #methheads

  18. What’s that smell coming from the direction of New England? Oh, yeah…desperation.

    I guess when you yak up chance after chance at a championship for a decade during which you were supposed to be “dynasty,” and during which all the other teams from your city ARE actually WINNING championship, you tend to get a bit antsy.

    Look at the bright side, Pat fans: Brady’s era ends soon, and you’ll just fade to obscurity and no one will notice you any more. That’ll be better for everyone, trust me…

  19. Love the signing. Now we need a pass rusher and Nose tackle and then I’ll see all of you at the parade after we win the super bowl this year.

    BTW, anyone knows how much salary cap money we have left to spend?

  20. Should be some exciting football this season culminating in a Pats Broncos AFC Title game again. This time Broncos lose.

  21. Two things, Lafell played in a run heavy system in Carolina and Newton (especially as a rookie) isn’t nearly as polished a passer as Brady is. Lafell has some talent and Brady has made a lot of receivers look really good in his career. If nothing else his size will help the Patriots in the red zone because when Gronk is out the red zone offense of the Patriots goes into the tank.

    I’ll be interested to see how the contract is structured. The Patriots brought in a ton of receivers last year (Hawkins, Jenkins, Jones) and cut them all in camp. From the looks of it Lafell is in the Patriots’ plans for sure in the 2014 season.

  22. And it begins! The time of year when the Pats sign about 4 FAs to bring 10 Receivers to camp. The Patriot passing system is not easy to grasp, and most signed FAs don’t make the cut. I would not be suprised to see Britt and another WR sign with them in the next week or two.

  23. As always, Mike Brown is asleep during free agency. It will be up to Andy Dalton to carry the team on his shoulders. He’s more than up to it. If he had competent coaches and teammates he would already have three rings. It just makes me so angry!

  24. Do they have any sort of plan in Carolina? Newton takes step forward this season, and they seem to be intent on making him take a step back.

    I’m not saying any of these guys are world beaters. Smith wasn’t worth his cap number (although you could make an argument he was, for that franchise), and Ginn/LaFell as just guys, nothing special.

    However, when you have a young QB who just started to find his game at the NFL level, and is looking to take the next step to be among the leagues elite, you don’t take away every weapon he is comfortable with. Even if they could replace them with on par talent (they probably can’t at this point), they won’t have them chemistry

  25. Good signing with potentially a lot of upside. It will be interesting to see what Carolina does to replace all their receivers…

  26. Been knocking on the door. Revis, Browner, Edelman, LaFell and a pass rush specialist to come. Ya You Jared! Plus draft and we are in position to kick the door in.

  27. So the Panthers don’t get Hakeem Nicks, they lose Steve Smith, Ted Ginn and now Brandon LaFell. That’s 3 of their top 4 receivers from 2013. I’d be worried if I were a Panthers fan.

  28. Bye bye to the postseason Carolina

    Your GM is a loser because he make the team about his ego and not about winning.

    And why did he cut steve smith?

  29. Who will outspend who?

    NFLSALT upcoming.

    Premier Elway vs President Kraft

    Soviet Union vs United States of America

  30. .

    Good size @ 6’2″, willing run blocker, had 7 catches vs Patriots last season.

    . When it comes to RB and WR, Belichick would rather 5 pennies to a nickel.

    .

  31. Yep, Pats are getting desperate and very predictable. But that’s what happens when you let Wes Welker go…I’m sure though LaFell will do well with Brady though. Heck if the Pats keep this up, maybe just maybe another division team will finally catch up.

    Signing Revis and Browner is just a reaction to losing to Denver so badly in AFC Champ game last year…so that’s BB’s game plan? Reacting to what Denver does? Really, Bill? Really?

    When they react to what the Fins, Bills, and Jets do, then we’ll know the Pats are down for the count.

  32. Pats have proven to be a total disaster when it comes to drafting wide receivers. That’s explains why you see them hitching their wagon to a guy that averages 35 yards a game.

  33. Remember when idiot Pats fans made PED jabs against the Hawks for having a “cheater” on their team?

    Misguided.

    Meanwhile, I’m maintaining a #DYNASTY. Good luck trying to become relevant again.

  34. Carolina Panthers front office just announced tryouts for WR will be open to the public at the practice facility. No experience is considered a plus. Everyone who attends gets an autographed Steve Smith jersey and free donuts.

  35. There’s an arms race afoot in the AFC between NE and DEN.

    Baltimore and Indy aren’t far behind. As usual the Miamis and Clevelands continue to flush money away on other people’s has-beens.

    But where are the Texans, Bengals and Chargers?

    The Texans do know that free agency is an actual thing, right?

  36. They should target James Jones or Kenny Britt. The way things are progressing they will be running out of goal line formation for the whole game.

  37. Bill signed Welker after watching him consistently beat the Patriots defense and Lafell did the same thing this year to the Patriots. This signing is better than we know.

  38. Have Carolina decided to not use WR’s whatsoever and just run the quadruple option with Williams, Stewart, Cam and Tolbert every play?

  39. The rest of the AFC can’t be happy about this. The Patriots are loading up on both sides of the ball. The last time they were this aggressive in free agency was 2007 when they went undefeated in the regular season. In other words, Denver is no longer the only big dog to fear in the AFC.

  40. I wonder how well he will transition. There’s a big difference between what cam wants his receivers to do and what Tom demands his receivers do. There’s been just a couple of big name receivers that just couldn’t figure it out, I hope he does.

  41. Guess their taking the whole “SuperCam” a little too serious. He may be fast but I highly doubt he can throw deep passes to himself smh

  42. Chiefs and now Panthers are being picked apart this off-season. Next come the brave but non-believed words about replacing those losses in the draft.

  43. I just need the yearly “Brady has no weapons” crap this season if he struggles. Apparently the only way for Brady to have “weapons” is if he has Dez Bryant, Calvin Johnson, Josh Gordon and AJ Green on the team. Even then, if he struggled I am sure the receivers would be blamed.

  44. When all is said and done , Bill might go down as one of the greatest coaches ever but will have wasted probably the greatest quarterback of all time’s prime years by surrounding him with inferior offensive talent.

  45. miguelromerorhpat says:
    Mar 15, 2014 11:23 PM
    what the pats need to do is to trade amendola for even a 6th rounder,save some cap,trade wilfork to a team like dallas or the bears fot their first pick and draft a guy like calvin pryor or ha-ha clinton…imagine that secondary,and with their 29th pick draft a guy like louis nix or the best dt on the board…

    ————————————————
    As brilliant as Belichick is often accredited as being, I don’t think he’s sly enough to find a trade partner willing to take Amendola or Wilfork’s contracts. Both are extremely high dollar figures for their positions, not to mention Amendola’s injury history and Wilfork recovering from a very difficult injury to come back from at his age, weight and position.

  46. In breaking news Cam to throw the ball to himself for the 2014 season…expects to enter 2015 Free Agency as a dual threat QB and WR.

  47. LaFell is another good signing made by the Patriots this year. I am not sure why they signed him to a three year deal, but maybe he already had offers on the table with 3+ years on it. I think PFT is wrong about the quantity over quality. Between a healthy Amendola, a returning Edelman, Dobson and Thompkins gaining experience and LaFell(Who is a damn good receiver) Brady will have no problem moving down the field at ease.
    With Brady only having a few more years left in him, If the Patriots want to get another trophy to New England, they might want throw all their chips in now, because Miami and Buffalo are starting to really get close to ending their rebuilding process.

  48. Lafell has better size as good speed and same production as sanders in a run heavy offense. Brady has made championship games with gaffney Caldwell givens patten etc…. Sick of hearing elwYs a genious. He’s signing obvious free agents and closing with ridiculous contracts. It’s not he’s finding sleeper free agents. Lafell is exactly what pats needed a tough rec w size . He’s just a piece if puzzle. Btw has the genious won anything yet??????

  49. So LaFell is the next guy BB turns into a star. Talib was alright before he came to the Pats and then he become the hottest thing on the market. Can’t imagine what Revis will do now, with a superior coaching staff. Browner is the next Rodney Harrison. You know everyone is jealous of the Pat’s dominance these past 13 years when a simple signing like this causes so many trolls to come out. Pretty sure the Pats will be undefeated this year.

  50. Lafell is not a good WR, this dude dropped easy short passes last season!!!! Glad he’s gone. Patriots will end up cutting him!

  51. LaFell came out of LSU with a rep for bad hands. That’s why we got him in the third round. Turned out that the rep was accurate. He did show progress in years 2-3, but last year he was quite inconsistent. He never did develop into the reliable #2 we needed him to be, despite multiple chances. Ted Ginn passed LaFell late last year. Perhaps teaming with a QB we KNOW will be in the Hall of Fame (Brady) will help him more than being with a QB who might be in the Hall of Hame if things work out (Newton). He’s a good team guy and will fit in with the Pats locker room well.

  52. Panthers WR corp now consist of Brenton Bersin, Toney Clemons, Taverres King, Marvin McNutt, Keoloha Pilares and RJ Webb.
    I know they’re real because I Googled them!

    Cam ought to have a blast this year…….God help us!!!!! Better stock up on towels…..I’m sure Coach Rivera will be joining you on the bench with one over his head too!

    I think destroying the team is Gettleman’s way of
    getting rid of Coach Rivera and bringing in his own guy. Nothing else makes sense! He’s not safe walking the streets of Charlotte now!

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