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Patriots Release WR Brandon LaFell & TE Scott Chandler

ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Mike Reiss are reporting that the Patriots have released WR Brandon LaFell and TE Scott Chandler on Wednesday.

There was talk that both Lafell and Chandler could be on the chopping block after disappointing 2015 seasons in New England, so this doesn’t come as a complete surprise.

According to OverTheCap.com, releasing these two players will free up $4.725 million in available cap space while creating $2 million in dead money.

LaFell, 29, was in the final year of his three-year, $9 million contract that included a $3 million signing bonus. He was set to make a base salary of $2.4 million for the 2016 season.

In 2015, LaFell appeared in 11 games for the Patriots and recorded 37 receptions for 515 yards receiving and and a touchdown.

Chandler, 30, was in the final year of his two-year, $5.3 million contract that included a $2 million signing bonus. He was set to make a base salary of $2 million for the 2016 season.

In 2015, Chandler appeared in 15 games for the Patriots and recorded 23 receptions for 259 yards receiving and and four touchdowns.