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New England Patriots sign former Carolina Panthers WR Brandon LaFell

Brandon LaFell #11 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the New England Patriots during play at Bank of America Stadium on November 18, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

On the same day that the team re-signed wide receiver Julian Edelman, the New England Patriots have given Tom Brady another weapon. As NFL.com reports on March 16, the Patriots and former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Brandon LaFell have agreed on a three-year deal.

According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, LaFell is expected to sign a contract worth $11 million over three seasons. The signing does not come as a surprise as LaFell was brought in on a visit with the team once NFL free agency started. LaFell gives Brady a big target to throw to n the outside although LaFell played the majority of his snaps with the Panthers in the slot position.

Brandon LaFell has gained over 600 yards in each of his last three seasons and had one of his best games during the 2013 NFL season in the Panthers' victory over the Patriots. The team still have second-year players Kenbrell Thompkins, Aaron Dobson and Josh Boyce as well as Danny Amendola. The team is also planning a visit with free agent wide receiver Kenny Britt on Sunday.

The Patriots usually have a plan when they bring in players. At least part of the plan seems very clear. The Patriots are giving their franchise quarterback as many targets as they can afford.