Bengals cut Brandon LaFell

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Last year Brandon LaFell was the Bengals’ No. 2 receiver. This year he’s out.

The Bengals released LaFell this morning, a move his agent said he had requested.

“We have been lobbying for his release for some time now and appreciate the Bengals granting our request,” agent Jonathan Feinsod told Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis had hinted this offseason that the 31-year-old LaFell was no lock to make the roster, and LaFell may have figured that he’s better off getting a jump on finding a new team now, rather than waiting and getting cut a month from now.

Last year LaFell caught 52 passes for 548 yards and three touchdowns, and he looked like he may have lost a step, averaging a career-low 10.5 yards per catch. For his career LaFell has 394 catches for 5,263 yards, 29 touchdowns and a 13.4-yard average.

Now LaFell, who has previously played for the Patriots and Panthers, will try to find a new team.

27 responses to “Bengals cut Brandon LaFell

  1. A serviceable reciever that can be quite helpful in certain ways, but not a guy thats going to make or break your team. There are actually quite a few guys that fit that description vying for only so many slots.

  2. Thanks for your time Brandon – classy guy and great teammate. Tyler Boyd, John Ross, and Auden Tate have reportedly been looking great. No way they would keep a veteran like Brandon over a first or second year player with similar talent. Good luck to you!

    Super bowl!

  3. dryzzt23 says:
    August 2, 2018 at 10:26 am
    Yet another SEC bust.
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    How is LaFell a bust? What was he, a 3rd or 4th round pick? Not a HOFer but certainly a respectable NFL career that may continue.

  4. whywerule says:
    August 2, 2018 at 10:49 am
    dryzzt23 says:
    August 2, 2018 at 10:26 am
    Yet another SEC bust.
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    How is LaFell a bust? What was he, a 3rd or 4th round pick? Not a HOFer but certainly a respectable NFL career that may continue.

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    Third Round Pick, Eight Years in the League:
    394 catches for 5,263 yards
    Average season throughout his career has been: 49 catches for 658 yards.

    He is no bust!

  5. “He and Dez can hang out in the underappreciated club.”

    Never heard LaFell open his mouth like Dez does so no.

    We’ll see if the Pats kick the tires on him.

  6. On any roster, the guys at the top get PAID, the guys at the bottom get PLAYED, and the guys in the middle get squeezed.

    LaFell is a competent, professional player. Not a superstar, but not a struggling rookie with “lots of potential” either. His set of skills, experience and salary were no longer a fit for a team with younger, less expensive receivers (who can also play special teams).

    He asked for, and was given a release in order to look for a better fit. There are around 2,000 players in the league (active rosters, practice squad, IR/PUP lists, etc.).

    Roughly 300 are the top players at each position. There are probably 2,000 players competing for the bottom 300 spots. And 1400 players in the middle who need to be flexible in their positions, compensation, and housing situations. For any player to move UP the roster, another player must move OFF the roster.

  7. dryzzt23 says:
    August 2, 2018 at 10:26 am
    Yet another SEC bust.

    Pay no attention to him. His anti-SEC hate has been spewing on CFB for years and nobody listens to him there so I guess he had to come here no to throw out similar comments. Lafell had a better career than some 1st round guys so I wouldn’t say that he is a “bust”. Plus he had Cam Newton and his horrible completion percentage getting him the ball early in his career so it’s not entirely his fault. His numbers did increase substantially after he left the Panthers.

  8. His numbers were bad because the Bengals o-line was terrible. The line was so bad that the Bengals averaged 2.9 yards per carry going into week 12, and Dalton has been sacked 80 times in 2 years. It was so bad that the Bengals went heavy on short throws to alleviate some of the pressure.

  9. If all of the buzz coming out of camp about the Bengals’ young WRs is true then I don’t blame him for wanting out now. Auden Tate may be a steal and Tyler Boyd and John Ross are supposedly tearing it up. Lafell may have never made the team anyway.

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