|Help could be on the way for Rams QB Sam Bradford. (US PRESSWIRE)|
Posted by Ryan Wilson
UPDATE: 1:15 p.m. ET. It's official, Brandon Lloyd has been traded to the Rams. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Jim Thomas writes that "The Rams gave up a conditional sixth-round pick for Lloyd, who is from Kansas City and played at the University of Illinois. The pick can change to a fifth-rounder depending on the number of catches Lloyd has for the Rams."
Last Tuesday, the Broncos named Tim Tebow their starting quarterback. A few days later, the team was reportedly looking to trade one of its best players, wide receiver Brandon Lloyd. On Monday, Lloyd appears headed to the Rams, the NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reports.
St. Louis, a preseason favorite to win the NFC West and make the playoffs, has started the season 0-5 and quarterback Sam Bradford is without a reliable downfield target. Danny Amendola has battled injuries, and Mike Sims-Walker, signed early in the shortened free-agency period, has struggled with drops and is now on the bench indefinitely. That leaves Brandon Gibson, Danario Alexander, and rookie Greg Salas at wide receiver, as well as rookie tight end Lance Kendricks, as possible options for Bradford.
Not the ideal situation for a team that has a franchise QB at its disposal but no real pass-catching threats to speak of. Which explains the organization's interest in Lloyd.
A season ago, Lloyd caught 77 passes for 1,448 yards and 11 touchdowns. He credited much of his success to Kyle Orton, who now has to tell people that he's Tebow's backup. Lloyd is making $1.395 million this season, which is a bargain based on his 2010 production. No word on if the Rams will offer him an extension, or what the Broncos will get in return for Lloyd (they were looking for anywhere from a third- to a fifth-rounder).
For now, Lloyd appears headed for a reunion with Josh McDaniels, his former coach in Denver who is now the offensive coordinator in St. Louis. We warned last week that it took Lloyd seven seasons and four teams before he became a breakout player. And while he doesn't need a Hall of Fame quarterback to have success, he does need to be in a system that fits his talents. For all his shortcomings, Josh McDaniels got the most out of Lloyd, and it makes sense that the two will team up again.
Whether it'll be enough to save the Rams' season seems like a longshot, but assuming the plan is to lock up Lloyd beyond this season, it could give Bradford a go-to receiver for the foreseeable future. It's a start.
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