Carolina Panthers wide receiver Brandon LaFell (11) runs after making a catch during the third quarter against the San Francisco 49ers during the 2013 NFC divisional playoff football game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon LaFell could stay with Carolina Panthers, in Charlotte right now

The Carolina Panthers are in dire need of wide receiver help following the release of veteran Steve Smith, and their top target right now is unsurprisingly former New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who has loads of talent and is a North Carolina native. However, the Panthers are getting worried that they could lose out on him, as he has interest from the San Diego Chargers and a visit with another playoff team in the Indianapolis Colts scheduled for tomorrow.

According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Panthers “have renewed interest” in re-signing Brandon LaFell, who is reportedly in Charlotte today after leaving the New England Patriots without a deal. LaFell has significant interest from the Patriots and Denver Broncos, with the Pats showing stronger interest but the Broncos looking like the more likely landing spot. But at this point, the Panthers have such a big need at WR that they look like his most likely landing spot on paper.

LaFell had arguably the best season of his career last season, as the 27-year-old LSU product caught 49 passes for 627 yards and five touchdowns last season. An excellent run blocker, LaFell is a big receiver who is a solid No.3 wide receiver in this league, and the Panthers would be wise to bring him back, even if they are able to bring Nicks aboard.

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  • sharod martin

    Ummmm, NO. The Panthers would be wise to bring Steve Smith back. Brandon butterfingers Lafell has recently put up better numbers than Hakeem Nicks, but I do not think EITHER of those 2 WR’s should be in Carolina. Bring in Nicks and keep Lafell and what does Carolina have?? 2 #2 WR’s and then Pilares, King, and McNutt… That’d leave Carolina with 2 #2 WR’s and 3 #4 WR’s…. The ONLY reason that makes sense for cutting Smith is this… Carolina is going to have a lame duck season in order to get Cam Newton for cheap on a long term deal…. They didn’t want to ruin the end of Smiths career doing it, so they are letting him go to another team in order to chase his WR record dreams. The Panthers have already lied to fans about the Smith situation, so can they be trusted? (Smith’s jersey on the online store situation… they removed his jersey days ago and said it was only to add “Sr.” to the title, but that turned out to be a lie the Panthers told their fanbase….)