Brandon LaFell
WR FA
2 weeks ago

LaFell will be granted his release by the Bengals, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

LaFell did earn his roster bonus in the spring, but a report emerged Wednesday that the veteran wideout wasn't necessarily a lock to make the 53-man roster. That apparently didn't sit well with LaFell, but it appears his release is something that has already been brewing behind the scenes. According to his agent Johnathan Feinsod, "We have been lobbying for his release for some time now and appreciate the Bengals granting our request." Now entering his age-31 season, LaFell will be free to catch on with an organization in need of receiver depth. He's been a plug-and-play fantasy option for most of his career, collecting 500 or more receiving yards in every season since 2011. Meanwhile, Cincinnati will move forward with A.J. Green, John Ross and Tyler Boyd atop the depth chart.

Brandon LaFell
WR FA
3 weeks ago

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis hinted that LaFell isn't a lock to make the 53-man roster, ESPN.com's Katherine Terrell reports. "Brandon LaFell has done a nice job," said Lewis. "He feels the heat. That's a competitive group of wide receivers. So we can only keep so many of them. They're going to be competitive that way and that's a good thing."

EDGE Analysis

Despite receiving a $1 million roster bonus this spring, LaFell could lose his job before Week 1 if the Bengals like what they see from their young wide receivers, a group led by John Ross, Tyler Boyd and Josh Malone. Given that he's never been much of a factor on special teams, LaFell won't have much value to the Bengals if he tumbles to fourth or fifth on the depth chart at wide receiver. The 31-year-old is scheduled for a non-guaranteed $2.55 million base salary in the second season of a two-year contract.

Brandon LaFell
WR FA
5 months ago

LaFell will collect a $1 million roster bonus, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Bengals surely would like to see some combination of John Ross (shoulder), Tyler Boyd and Josh Malone step up and push LaFell back to fourth or fifth on the depth chart, but it nonetheless makes sense to keep the 31-year-old around as insurance, given that he carries a modest 2018 base salary of $2.55 million, per OverTheCap. The team likely would've released LaFell before Sunday if it planned to do so at all, as his $1 million roster bonus now is guaranteed. He caught 64 of 106 targets for 862 yards and six scores in his first season with the Bengals, but then dropped off to a 52-548-3 receiving line on 88 targets last year. LaFell has only missed nine games in eight NFL seasons, and he's played all 16 games four of the past five years.

Brandon LaFell
WR FA
5 months ago

LaFell may emerge as a candidate for release at some point this offseason, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

EDGE Analysis

LaFell doesn't have any guaranteed money remaining on the two-year contract he signed last offseason, but it also isn't an especially cumbersome deal, and the Bengals still aren't quite sure what they have in the youthful trio of John Ross (shoulder), Tyler Boyd and Josh Malone. The team ideally would like to see their young wideouts step up and impress during the offseason, which in turn could make LaFell expendable before Week 1. The 31-year-old wideout was inefficient with his opportunities in 2017, catching 52 of 88 targets for 548 yards (6.2 per target) and three touchdowns.

Brandon LaFell
WR FA
7 months ago

LaFell had two catches for 35 yards on four targets in the Bengals' Week 17 win over the Ravens. He finished the season with 52 catches for 548 yards and three touchdowns.

EDGE Analysis

Despite the Bengals spending a first-round draft pick on a wide receiver (John Ross) this year and a second-round pick on Tyler Boyd last year, LaFell remained the Bengals' #2 option in the passing game, albeit with diminishing returns. His yards per reception dropped a full three yards, from 13.5 to 10.5, and his touchdowns were cut in half. If he sticks around next year, look for his reps to be cut in favor of Boyd and Ross.

Brandon LaFell
WR FA
8 months ago

LaFell caught two of six targets for 53 yards in Sunday's 34-7 loss to the Vikings.

EDGE Analysis

LaFell's team-leading receiving total came mostly courtesy of a 45-yard catch. Little went right for Cincinnati's offense besides that play, as starting quarterback Andy Dalton threw for only 113 yards and backup AJ McCarron added just 19 more after taking over in the fourth quarter.

Brandon LaFell
WR FA
8 months ago

LaFell caught three of six pass attempts for 24 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 33-7 loss to the Bears.

EDGE Analysis

The 14-yard touchdown catch capped off the Bengals' only scoring drive of the day and gave them the lead briefly. But the Bears' defense smothered A.J. Green and LaFell the rest of the way, leaving the 31-year-old with his worst yardage total since Week 4. With Green likely to draw the attention of Xavier Rhodes in Week 15 at Minnesota, LaFell should see a few more open looks.

Brandon LaFell
WR FA
8 months ago

LaFell had four catches for 55 yards on seven targets in Monday night's loss to the Steelers.

EDGE Analysis

LaFell continues to be Andy Dalton's second option in the passing game, and there's no threat of anyone stepping for him with the Bengals close to being eliminated from a playoff spot, now that John Ross is on IR.

Brandon LaFell
WR FA
9 months ago

LaFell (knee) returned to a full practice Thursday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

LaFell is thus slated to play Sunday against the 0-10 Browns, who have surrendered 20 passing TDs to date. Only the Broncos (22), Texans (22) and Titans (21) have allowed more. That said, the veteran wideout's fantasy ceiling isn't especially high, considering he's averaging 3.4 catches for 34 yards through 10 games, to go along with two TDs.

Brandon LaFell
WR FA
9 months ago

LaFell (knee) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

EDGE Analysis

LaFell started last week as a non-participant with the same injury, but he worked his way up to full participation by Friday and ended up playing in Sunday's 20-17 win over the Broncos. He was held to three catches for 37 yards on five targets, unable to build on his season-best performance (6-95-1) from the previous week in Tennessee. Assuming the knee checks out, LaFell draws one of his better matchups this season, facing a Cleveland team that may use top cornerback Jason McCourty to shadow A.J. Green. That said, Lafell managed just two catches for 17 yards in a 31-7 win over the Browns in Week 4.