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2016 contract breakdown for Bengals wide receiver Brandon LaFell

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The Bengals went the short-term route with their newest free agent acquisition, wide receiver Brandon LaFell.

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It's been a busy week for the Cincinnati Bengals who inked two veterans to new deals in free agency. The first was struck with linebacker Karlos Dansby on Tuesday, with wide receiver Brandon LaFell following suit on Wednesday. Cincinnati opted to go the short-term route with the veteran wideout, as the contract terms were made public on Thursday.

The Patriots let go of him just before the onset of free agency, saving them about $2.7 million in cap space this year. LaFell was in the final year of a three-year, $9 million deal he signed with New England back in 2014 at the time of his release.

As expected, it's a team-friendly deal for the discarded veteran, allowing him to make more money as he proves his worth to the offense. Not only did the team pay less than what he was due with New England in 2016, but they also signed him for $4-$4.5 million less this year than the contracts Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu received from the Lions and Falcons, respectively. The salary range puts him quite a bit down the list at the position, per Spotrac, wedging him between many other receivers still on their rookie deals.

Prior to his signing with the Bengals, LaFell was a second round pick by the Panthers in the 2010 draft. After four seasons there, he moved on to New England and won a championship with the Patriots. He caught a touchdown in the team's win over the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX, capping the most productive year of his career (74 catches, 953 yards, 7 touchdowns). He fell out of favor after a disappointing 2015 campaign, marred with drops and a foot injury.

LaFell currently looks to be the Bengals' No. 2 wide receiver opposite A.J. Green, though that could easily change after the draft. Many believe Cincinnati will be selecting a wide receiver in the early rounds, with maybe another coming in the later rounds of the draft as well.