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Bengals adding much-needed WR in former Patriot Brandon LaFell

Nov 2, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell (19) smiles during the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 2, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell (19) smiles during the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon LaFell, a wide receiver who has spent the past two seasons with the Patriots, is moving on to another AFC Super Bowl contender, the Cincinnati Bengals.

WR Brandon LaFell has reached agreement with the Bengals, agent Neil Schwartz says.

— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 30, 2016

LaFell, 29, was a 2010 third-round pick of the Panthers and played his first four seasons with Carolina before winning a Super Bowl with the Patriots in 2014. He caught a career-best 74 passes for 953 yards with seven touchdowns in 2014 but dipped to 37 catches for 515 yards during a 2015 season in which he missed five games with a foot injury.

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A.J. Green is Cincinnati's clear No. 1 receiver, but the team lost Marvin Jones to the Lions and Mohamed Sanu to the Falcons in free agency. Adding LaFell means they won't necessarily have to restock the position with a high draft pick.