Brandon LaFell, Cincinnati Bengals
When healthy and given solid quarterback play, Brandon Lafell can be an incredibly productive addition to an offense.
From 2011-2013 he posted an average of 639 yards and four touchdowns per season while catching passes from a developing Cam Newton with the Carolina Panthers. While those were respectable totals, LaFell has taken a huge leap since his departure.
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He’s been a solid contributor as a member of the New England Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals the past three years. The LSU product has had the help of top tier passers like Tom Brady and Andy Dalton to thank for his sudden development.
During his first year with New England in 2014, LaFell caught 74 passes for career highs in yards (953) and touchdowns (seven).
Though his numbers plummeted during his injury-riddled 2015 campaign with New England, LaFell has rebounded nicely after joining the Bengals this past season. In 2016 he totaled 64 receptions for 862 yards and six touchdowns.
A big 6’3″ target with the ability to go up and get footballs, LaFell could be the addition the Giants need to improve their 17th league ranked red zone efficiency mark.
He made just $2.5 million this year but following his solid 2016 campaign, New York may be looking at a price tag in the $3-5 million annually range. However, LaFell does turn 30 in 2017 which may deter some of his potential suitors.