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Broncos trade Brandon Lloyd to Rams

Posted on: October 17, 2011 12:03 pm
Edited on: October 17, 2011 1:37 pm
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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Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: October 17, 2011 1:00 pm

Screwing up another QB??

Hardly.  What did McDaniels do with Matt Cassel when Brady went down?  He looked so good that I, as a Patriot's fan, was debating whether I wanted Cassel or trade Brady and get a lot for him;  ha-ha.  What did McDaniels do for Orton?  Only had by far his best year for him, where Orton actually looked like an NFL QB.  I hope that Lloyd and McDaniels get reunited in St. Louis, at least Lloyd will have some value now for FF.  McDaniels may have set back Denver as HC, but as offensive coordinator he's right near the top.

Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: October 17, 2011 12:44 pm

Report: Broncos to trade Brandon Lloyd to Rams

Too little, too late for the Rams. Still a good move. Bradford needs some help.

Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: October 17, 2011 12:32 pm

Report: Broncos to trade Brandon Lloyd to Rams

Its not a done deal yet according to ESPN.

Since: Aug 1, 2011
Posted on: October 17, 2011 12:21 pm

Report: Broncos to trade Brandon Lloyd to Rams

Although I like Brandon Lloyd... I have suspected since spring training that he was the leak in the clubhouse to many of the Tebow bashing news hounds about disenchantment in the Bronco locker room.  Brandon was very vocal about his loyalty to Orton last year when Tebow took over even though the majority of Broncos had nothing but praise for Tebow for lifting the team and putting everything into those last 3 games.  Champ Bailey even mentioned in a post game interview how special it was to have a guy lay it all out there like Tebow did.  So when preseason and spring training started up and all the reporters were saying Tebow was not liked in the clubhouse... most of the true Bronco fans knew that was wrong and or a mole was in the house OR both.  Not saying Tebow is the next Brady... just saying it is clearly visible that Tebow brings an energy to this team that Orton just doesn't get or understand.  We had an Orton once before.  His name was Brian Griese and he was a low energy non rah rah guy too that could pass.  Neither of them got it done.  I will take my chances on a higher vibrational frequency guy over a touch passer any day.  Goodbye Brandon... You deserve to be stuck with that rat of a coach Josh McDaniels.  Ps... you better hope he doesn't get fired for screwing up another QB like Bradford.

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