Monday, October 17, 2011

Denver Broncos Trade Brandon Lloyd To St. Louis Rams And Old Coach Josh McDaniels

The Denver Broncos today avoided a lot of locker room friction by trading away one of their top wide receivers, Brandon Lloyd.  The Broncos will receive a sixth-round pick (with a possible upgrade to a fifth round pick depending on production) in the 2012 NFL draft as compensation.

Lloyd was known to be a fervent Kyle Orton supporter, and had been vocal in his support before the year started.  Orton was benched last week in favor of second-year starter Tim Tebow.  Head Coach John Fox announced last week that Tebow would be the starter going forward.

Lloyd is actually going to a better position for him as he finishes up the last year in his contract.  St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels knows Lloyd very well from his time in Denver and should be able to utilize him well in their pass-happy offense.  It will be crucial for Lloyd to finish the 2011 season strong in order to get his next contract, which could be the 30-year-old's last.

The Rams could certainly use a good wide receiver in this rather anemic offense of theirs.  So far the best stats for any Rams wide receiver is for Brandon Gibson, who has 17 catches for 214 yards.  Lloyd currently has 19 catches for 283 yards in a fairly conservative offense.  Last year, under McDaniels in Denver, Lloyd had 1,448 yards of receiving to lead all NFL receivers.

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