Report: WR Brandon LaFell agrees to terms with Patriots

Brandon LaFell now gets to catch passes from Tom Brady. (USATSI)
Brandon LaFell now gets to catch passes from Tom Brady. (USATSI)

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Hours after the Patriots re-upped with wide receiver Julian Edelman, the team also agreed to terms with former Panthers wideout Brandon LaFell on a three-year deal, according to's Tom Curran.

LaFell, a 2010 third-round pick out of LSU, spent the first four years of his career in Carolina. Last season, he caught 49 passes for 627 yards and five touchdowns. At 6-2, 210 pounds, he gives Tom Brady experience and size at wide receiver, something the team lacked in 2013 (Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins are both north of 6-0, but struggled as rookies in 2013).

While the Patriots continue to stockpile players during the first week of free agency -- they landed cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner -- the Panthers have been relatively quiet. In fact, many of those players who helped the team to the division title have signed elsewhere, including four wide receivers: Steve Smith (Ravens), Ted Ginn (Cardinals) and Domenik Hixon (Bears), and now LaFell.

As for what Carolina's depth chart at wideout looks like ... well, it's thin.

The team was reportedly interested in Hakeem Nicks, but discussions never got serious and he signed with the Colts Friday.

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Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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