The Cincinnati Bengals resigned wide receiver Brandon LaFell on Wednesday to a 2-year, $10 million deal. This is the first free agency move for the team. It keeps the 7-year veteran in Cincy, where he has carved out a niche as a complement to star wideout AJ Green.
LaFell caught 64 passes last year for 862 yards and 6 touchdowns despite a preseason thumb injury. Before coming to Cincinnati in 2016 on a 1-year deal, the 3rd-round pick out of LSU spent the previous two years with New England after four with Carolina. His best statistical season came in 2014, when he appeared in 16 games for the Patriots. That year, he caught 74 passes for 953 yards and 7 TDs.
He came on strong in the final three games last year. During that stretch, he caught 20 passes for 288 yards and a touchdown. It was too little too late, though, as the Bengals were already out of the playoff picture by then.
TJ Johnson Gets One-Year Tender Offer
On Tuesday Cincinnati also tendered offensive lineman TJ Johnson for one year for $1,797,000. Johnson, a restricted free agent, can negotiate with other teams, however, the Bengals can match any competing offer that Johnson signs. The team could also try to work out a longer-term deal with Johnson as well.
Johnson was drafted in 2013 out of South Carolina and appeared in all 16 games last year.