The Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday terminated the contract of veteran wide receiver Brandon LaFell and waived rookie defensive end Ja’von Rolland-Jones.
With Tyler Boyd and John Ross flashing every day in training camp and other young receivers such as Josh Malone, Cody Core and rookie Auden Tate also playing well, LaFell became expendable.
His agent, Jonathan Feinsod, told NFL Network’s Mike Garafalo that “he and the receiver “have been lobbying for his release for some time now.”
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An eight-year veteran, LaFell spent the last two seasons with the Bengals, starting 29 of the 32 games he appeared in while catching 116 passes for 1,410 yards and nine touchdowns.
“We want to thank Brandon for his contributions to Bengals,” head coach Marvin Lewis said. “He has been a consummate pro and teammate, a strong voice on the team and a great mentor for the young players. We wish him and his family the best in the future.”
LaFell signed a two-year, $9 million contract prior to the 2017 season.
Rolland-Jones signed as an undrafted rookie free agent in May.