According to NBC Sports Pro Football Talk, the Cincinnati Bengals and Brandon LaFell are inching closer to a deal for the former Patriot to come to Cincinnati.
The Bengals lost Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu to free agency, leaving the Bengals receiving core shorthanded and in need of some fresh new players. The Bengals have been looking at some veteran assistance recently to help at wide receiver, who better than a player who has won a Super Bowl.
Brandon LaFell did catch only 50% of his passes in 2015, but has been a valuable asset to the Patriots and in Carolina before he went to New England in 2014. In 2015, it was the first time in his career that his reception percentage was as low as 50%, and the zero touchdowns was his worst production since joining the league in 2010.
How is this an argument for the Bengals to sign him? Remember Adam Jones at the lowest point in his career, how about Reggie Nelson having his lowest production as a Jaguar when the Bengals obtained his services. The Bengals have a knack for players looking for a change of scenery and a fresh start, and they haven’t missed as of recently.
Brandon LaFell, when the Patriots won the Super Bowl in 2014, had his best season in the league. His 74 receptions on 119 targets, which was well over 60%, went for 953 yards and seven touchdowns. That means two seasons ago, he had a career year, and with distractions of deflate-gate and other issues with the Patriots where fighting the league on in 2015, his focus was clearly lost in the media circus.
The Bengals would mean a fresh start for both sides. The Bengals would pick up a wide receiver with number two potential to play as a number three. Brandon LaFell would have a young quarterback and one of the leagues best receivers to line up next to him. The Bengals and LaFell could be a match that both sides need to continue their successes.