Patriots release Brandon LaFell, Scott Chandler
The New England Patriots have parted ways with wide receiver Brandon LaFell and tight end Scott Chandler Wednesday.
The Patriots have released Brandon LaFell and Scott Chandler.
— Tom E. Curran (@tomecurran) March 2, 2016
Patriots released WR Brandon LaFell and TE Scott Chandler, per @MikeReiss and me.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 2, 2016
LaFell is a six-year veteran who played two seasons for the Patriots. The 29-year-old had a solid year in 2014, catching career-high 74 passes for 953 yards and was a vital part of the New England offsense in their Super Bowl XLIX win, but struggled to get things going in 2015 after starting the year on the PUP list with a foot injury. He finished 2015 with 37 receptions for 515 yards and failed to produce in the playoffs last season, catching only three passes for 6 yards.
The Patriots signed Chandler as a free agent last season with the intent of making the former Buffalo Bill a complementary piece to star tight end Rob Gronkowski. But the 30-year-old never really connected in New England, catching only 23 passes for 259 yards and four touchdowns in 2015.
The two moves will free up $4.6 million in salary cap space for the Patriots.