The New England Patriots have made two roster moves today. They’ve released veterans Brandon LaFell and Scott Chandler.
With these roster moves, the Patriots will save close to $5 million in cap space. They’re saving $2.675 million by releasing LaFell and $2.05 million by cutting Chandler.
Chandler’s move comes with a ‘failed physical designation.’
It’ll also mean the Patriots will have to add more receivers for future Hall of Famer Tom Brady. Brady will still have Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman, his two favorite targets, along with Danny Amendola, while adding others to the mix.
Chandler had 23 receptions for 259 yards and four touchdowns in a limited role behind all-world tight end Gronkowski. It’s impossible for any back-up with Gronk playing at a high-level to have any good production. He averaged 17.3 yards per game.
He’s also played for the Buffalo Bills and the San Diego Chargers in his career.
The 30-year-old Chandler may receive interest from the New York Jets and his former offensive coordinator Chan Gailey now that he’s free to sign immediately. Back in Jan., there was speculation that the Jets could add him this off-season when he officially became a cap cut.
Under Gailey, Chandler had his two best touchdown seasons of his career when he had six touchdowns in 2011 and 2012.
LaFell had 37 receptions for 515 yards in 11 games. He had one 100-yard receiving game, which came against the Washington Redskins when he had five receptions for a 102-yards on Nov. 8.
He finished as one of the worst receivers in the league last season. He was targeted 74 times and had the NFL’s sixth-most drops overall.
LaFell won a Super Bowl with the Patriots in 2014 when they defeated the Seattle Seahawks. He had 74 receptions for 953 yards and seven touchdowns in his first-year in New England.
Prior to arriving in New England, he played four seasons with the Carolina Panthers.
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