A seventh-year pro who caught 74 passes for New England’s 2014 Super Bowl winners, LaFell joins Bengals as a free agent for 2016 ... Entered the NFL in 2010 as third-round Carolina draftee and went to New England as unrestricted free agent for 2014-15 ... Missed first five games of last season due to foot injury, but came back to play in the last 11 games, with five starts ... Had 13 catches for 119 yards and two TDs in the ’14 postseason, including first TD in Super Bowl vs. Seattle.
Career transactions: Selected by Carolina in third round of 2010 NFL Draft (78th overall) ... Signed with Panthers on 7-21-10 ... Signed with New England as unrestricted free agent on 3-17-14 ... Contract terminated by Patriots on 3-2-16 ... Signed with Cincinnati as free agent on 3-31-16.
2016 highlights: Has played in Games 1-4, with three starts ... Has 13 catches for 208 yards, for team-leading 16.0 average, and has drawn two pass interference penalties against defenders ... In regular season Bengals debut on Sept. 11 at N.Y. Jets, posted 91 yards on four receptions, including 21-yarder on a third-and-seven play on Bengals’ first TD drive ... Caught three-for-39 on Sept. 18 at Pittsburgh, and drew a 25-yard end-zone pass interference call in the third quarter to set up a Mike Nugent FG ... Caught two-for-34 Sept. 25 vs. Denver ... Caught four-for-44 Sept. 29 vs. Miami.
Previous seasons: 2010—Rookie played 14 games for Carolina and caught 38-for-468 ... Earned starting spot for season opener, Sept. 12 vs. Giants, and first pro reception was eight-yarder from QB Matt Moore ... Scored first TD on 17-yard reception from Moore on Oct. 31 at St. Louis ... Had a 60-yard rush, still longest of his career, on 1-2-11 at Atlanta. 2011—Played in all 16 games, with six starts, totaling 36 receptions for 613 yards and three TDs ... Logged his first 100-yard game, three-for-103 with a TD, on Dec. 24 vs. Tampa Bay ... Also had TD catches on Sept. 18 vs. Green Bay and on Oct. 23 vs. Washington. 2012—Played in 14 games for Carolina with 12 starts, posting 44 receptions for 677 yards and four TDs ... His 14.9-yard career average per catch at season’s end qualified as first in Panthers history ... Had 13 catches of 20 or more yards on the season, including TDs of 22 on Sept. 9 at Tampa Bay, 29 on Nov. 18 vs. Tampa Bay and 43 on Nov. 26 at Philadelphia. 2013—Started 16 games for the first time in his career, for Panthers team that won NFC South with 12-4 record ... Caught 49-for-627, with five TDs ... Had two TD catches Sept. 22 at N.Y. Giants and was four-for-107 with a TD on Oct. 13 at Minnesota ... Caught three-for-34 in his first postseason game, Divisional playoff on 1-12-14 vs. San Francisco. 2014—Played in all 16 New England regular-season games (13 starts) and started all three postseason games for Super Bowl winners ... Posted career highs with 74 receptions for 953 yards and seven TDs (second on team) ... Posted career highs of 11 catches and 124 yards on Oct. 26 vs. Chicago ... Two TD catches on Nov. 30 at Green Bay ... Caught five-for-62 with a TD in playoff win on 1-10-15 vs. Baltimore. 2015—Opened season on Reserve/PUP due to foot injury, but played for New England in Games 6-16 and both postseason games ... Caught 37-for-515 in regular season ... Caught five for team-leading 102 yards in win Nov. 8 vs. Washington ... Four catches for team-high 88 yards in win Dec. 20 vs. Tennessee ... Personal season-long catch of 54 yards on Nov. 15 vs. Giants.
Carolina comet: LaFell holds the Carolina Panthers record for longest scrimmage gain in franchise history, with a 91-yard reception for a TD from Cam Newton vs. Tampa Bay in 2011.
College: Played four seasons (2006-09) at LSU, with 175 receptions for 2517 yards ... Finished career with at least one catch in 41 straight games, and his 25 TD caches ranked second in school history ... Led team in receiving yards in each of his last three seasons .... Redshirt year in 2005.
Personal: Hometown is Houston, Texas ... Attended Lamar High School ... Majored in general studies at LSU ... Married (wife Kristen), with a son (Brandon Jr.) and a daughter (Jordin).
When veteran wide receiver Brandon LaFell became a free agent this offseason, his goal was to sign with a team that had a chance to win and a good quarterback.