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Brandon LaFell thanks ‘first class organization’ following release from Patriots

Shortly before the announcement of his release Wednesday, Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell dropped a farewell post to fans on Instagram.

“First I want to thank the Kraft family and Bill for giving me the opportunity to play for a first class organization,’’ the 29-year-old receiver wrote. “My teammates for the relationship and memories on and off the field. TB 12 gonna miss you homie appreciate you the past two seasons your GREAT BOSS.’’

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LaFell signed with the Patriots from the Carolina Panthers in 2014 and had a career-high seven touchdowns in his first season.

He also scored the first touchdown of Super Bowl XLIX against the Seahawks, which he capped off with a smooth endzone dance. It was later reported that during his celebratory headbutt with Tom Brady, he chipped one of the Patriots quarterback’s teeth.

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LaFell’s contributions to the team in 2015, however, were limited due to a foot injury. He totalled zero touchdowns over 11 regular-season games played.

“Stay up and keep grinding.. APPRECIATE EVERYTHING #patsnation love the fan support #Superbowl #champ,’’ the wide receiver wrote in his post Wednesday.

Along with LaFell, the Patriots also released tight end Scott Chandler.

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