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Report: Broncos put WR Lloyd on trading block

Posted on: October 13, 2011 9:57 pm
After Pro Bowl season, Brandon Lloyd could be traded. (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

We're two full days into Tim Tebow's reign as the Broncos starting quarterback and it appears that players not named Kyle Orton could be losing their jobs, too. The Denver Post, citing three NFL sources, says the team has put wide receiver Brandon Lloyd on the trading block.

Lloyd was one of the league's best wideouts a season ago, hauling in 77 passes for 1,448 yards and 11 touchdowns. He credited much of his success to Orton, who now has to tell people that he's Tebow's understudy. In four games this season, Lloyd has 19 catches for 283 yards and is still looking for his first score.

According to the Post's Mike Klis, several factors have landed Lloyd on the trading block although this is easily the most interesting: "The Broncos are expected to shift to a more ball control, run-oriented offense with Tim Tebow taking over at quarterback following the demotion of Kyle Orton."

So now, five weeks into the season -- and after a 1-4 start -- head coach John Fox (and presumably the front office) is all-in on Tebow. This is after the organization reportedly had penciled Tebow in as the starter over the summer … except Orton was never traded to Miami and when the lockout ended he still had the gig.

So, yeah, the Broncos have a lot going on during their bye week.

Two more reasons Denver's looking to move Lloyd (again, via Klis):
One, he is a free agent after this season and while the Broncos and Lloyd have briefly discussed a contract extension, nothing is close to materializing.

Two, the Broncos' receiving core is about to get crowded after this weekend's bye with the return of Demaryius Thomas and Eddie Royal. Lloyd, 30 and in his ninth NFL season, has been starting at receiver alongside Eric Decker, a third-round pick in the 2010 draft.
Lloyd is making $1.395 million this season, which is a bargain based on his 2010 production. Apparently, the Broncos are asking anywhere from a third- to a fifth-round pick for Lloyd, and "three or four" teams have expressed interest, including Carolina and Tennessee.

Stop...Tebow Time?

Worth remembering: it took Lloyd seven seasons and four teams before he became a breakout player. He doesn't need a Hall of Fame quarterback to have success, but he does need to be in a system that fits his talents. For all his shortcomings, Josh McDaniels got the most out of Orton and Lloyd.

While trading Lloyd may seem extreme for a Denver team in dire need of playmakers, he wasn't going to put up 2010 numbers with Tebow under center. You can quibble about the decision to bench Orton, but that ship has sailed. Now that the choice has been made, the Broncos might as well get a draft pick for Lloyd while they can.

In the meantime, we look forward to Skip Bayless' reasoned response to all this.

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Since: Sep 2, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 8:43 pm

Report: Broncos put WR Lloyd on trading block

Tebow is a problem that a lot of true bronco fans see IMO.  Although the majority of voices are calling for Tebow, they are not your intelligent fans.  They were just the women, christians (nothing wrong with that) or people who think he will be the same qb he was in college.  There is not a good qb on the broncos and they need to worry about drafting or trading for one.  Let Tebow be average or below and then realize he is not the answer.  Hopefully they don't waste years on this. 

Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 8:34 pm

Report: Broncos put WR Lloyd on trading block

I don't have any problem staying with a team that loses. (i'm a cubs fan and have and will be) But when the broncos keep making decisions that I think hurt the organization and don't seem to be moving in the right direction, i'm not going to put my energy into watching it and getting in to it as I do.  I do get bent out of shape when i am called fair weathered fan.  I supported and watched every game when they were losing under McDaniels, and was doing the same for fox until he folded to the fans and skipped quinn to get to Tebow.  I really think that if they got rid of Tebow (win or lose) i'd start watching their games again. 

Oh and the white bronco comment was not mine but was so humored with it, had to share.  

Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2011 5:58 pm

Report: Broncos put WR Lloyd on trading block

It has nothing NOTHING to do with a band wagon.
Sure it does.  Unless you're using some other definition of 'bandwagon.'  As far as I've always known, changing what team you root for just because yours starts losing, making bad choices, or having a few bad seasons is... by definition... being a fair-weather/bandwagon fan.  Not that it's anything to get bent out of shape about (I mean, if you start rooting for some other team, it's no skin off my back), but it is what it is.

Also:  I liked the 'white Bronco' reference... I almost missed that in there.

Since: Jun 19, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2011 3:33 pm

Report: Broncos put WR Lloyd on trading block

The Packers could use some depth at WR.

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: October 14, 2011 2:28 pm

Report: Broncos put WR Lloyd on trading block

As a Redskin fan I never got any understanding of Lloyd... Big contract and he became a "big Nothing" here in DC...  I was in shock when his name started popping out last year in Denver - I didn't understand, because he didn't give DC anything to cheer about... It was like he got the big contact and stopped caring..

Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 2:24 pm

Report: Broncos put WR Lloyd on trading block

perfect time to try and stockpile some draft picks - good move by Elway if he able to trade him.  How much is it going to cost to resign him next year? he does not fit into the plans.

Makes great sense for Buffalo to take a stab at him - show the fans they are serious

Since: Oct 6, 2009
Posted on: October 14, 2011 1:57 pm

Report: Broncos put WR Lloyd on trading block

A trade to the Titans would work out well for putting Brandon Lloyd in a good situation to succeed still.  With losing Kenny Britt early in the season plugging Lloyd in will help keep the WR corps there together.  With the rejuvenation of Matt Hasselbeck in Tennessee this would be a great match for both...

Since: Aug 2, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2011 12:41 pm

Report: Broncos put WR Lloyd on trading block

I thnik the Titans should try to grab him with Britt going down for the Season, Also a return to the Bears would be a good fit Cutler need a BigTime WR Bad!

Since: Oct 13, 2010
Posted on: October 14, 2011 12:23 pm

Report: Broncos put WR Lloyd on trading block

Come on Bills! Trade for Lloyd! This is a perfect oppurtunity to obtain that deep threat we're missing.

Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2011 11:48 am

Report: Broncos put WR Lloyd on trading block

I don't believe there is any way that the Broncos will receive anything more than a 5th round pick.  There isn't a chance that the Browns would trade Hillis for Lloyd.  So, Denver fans should get that out of their head.  If the Browns were interested in LLoyd it would be to compliment their run game.  The Vikings should not trade for Lloyd either, they have their own version in Berrian, whom they would gladly get rid of for a 5th round pick.  I would not trade any picks if I were Carolina, Lloyd would help, but Carolina should hoard as many picks as they can the next two years.  I think it would be fun to see him as a Lion for the rest of the year.  Johnson, Burleson, Lloyd and Pettigrew makes a very fine receiving corp.  Long story short, Denver should temper their expectations for a Lloyd revival, or compenation for him.  There just isn't that high of demand for a 30 year old who has surpassed 50 catches, 750 yards, and 6 touchdowns only once in his career.

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