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Rams gave up conditional sixth-round pick for Lloyd

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We said earlier Sunday that St. Louis’ acquisition of Brandon Lloyd would only make sense if they did it for very little cost and/or they signed Lloyd to a long-term deal.

The Rams satisfied the first part of that equation.

Chris Mortensen of ESPN confirms the trade is a done deal, and the Rams will only send a sixth-round pick to Denver in 2012. It could upgrade to a fifth-round pick if Lloyd catches 30 passes over the next 11 games.

A pick that low in the draft just isn’t worth that much. Teams trade them around like crazy during the draft, and players drafted that low often don’t make the team.

We know Lloyd fits Josh McDaniels’ offense.  He will upgrade the Rams wideout group significantly the rest of the season, so it’s worth the move even if St. Louis doesn’t sign Lloyd long-term.

UPDATE: Florio yapped about the deal on PFT Live.

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42 Responses to “Rams gave up conditional sixth-round pick for Lloyd”
  1. beeroncos says: Oct 17, 2011 1:47 PM

    Ouch for Denver. Not a good trade for a (likely) 5th round pick.

  2. thelmt82 says: Oct 17, 2011 1:49 PM

    That’s it? Wow. Thanks Cleveland for not jumping in on this deal. It’s not like we need receivers or anything. First Lee Evans and now Brandon Lloyd. At least we still have Brian Robiskie.

    I know the Browns need to get younger and keeper draft picks, but considering Lloyd went for a 6th and Aaron Curry (need linebackers too, especially young one’s) went for peanuts, it makes me wonder what the heck the front office is doing, besides dropping the ball with Hillis.

  3. thevza says: Oct 17, 2011 1:51 PM

    Does this mean Kyle Orton is on his way to St. Louis as well? He and Lloyd have been handcuffed together since their days in Chicago…

  4. dansyndersux says: Oct 17, 2011 1:53 PM

    So you give you your best weapon on offense for at best a 5th round pick? Smart move!

  5. finsfan71 says: Oct 17, 2011 1:54 PM

    Let’s hear the Tebow-baggers claim how they are setting him up to fail. People, his failure is a fait acompli.

  6. Broncofanatic7 says: Oct 17, 2011 2:01 PM

    Would’ve liked a 4th at least. But whatever… In EFX we trust…
    Demaryius Thomas is back at practice today. Perfect timing for him, he’s hungry and he wants to perform, just like Tebow.
    Tebow to Thomas is born.

  7. bignubba says: Oct 17, 2011 2:02 PM

    Why would Denver even bother with this?!

    A) It sets Tebow up for failure

    B) Wouldn’t they have received a 5th rounder as a compensatory draft pick anyway? (which the Rams will now get, essentially getting Lloyd for free)

    Unbelievable, the Broncos essentially gave him away. Someone clue me in, what am I missing here?!

  8. tdk24 says: Oct 17, 2011 2:03 PM

    Being a Raiders fan, i absolutely love what Elway is doing. But as a football fan, i think he should be fired.

  9. nineroutsider says: Oct 17, 2011 2:03 PM

    Eric Decker (and everyone else) better learn to run around like a mad man for Tebow…they probably don’t need to call plays anymore, Tebow will draw them up in the grass.

    They should convince the Rams to trade Tebow for Bradford, but I am sure McDaniels is already all over that.

    When will the Rams win again? 0-?

  10. dukemarc says: Oct 17, 2011 2:04 PM

    Going to be interesting to see what Lloyd does in garbage time the rest of the year.

  11. urfinished says: Oct 17, 2011 2:04 PM

    He wasn’t going to resign there anyway…better than nothing.
    No dog in this fight but seems like the rare ‘win-win’.

  12. Land Snark says: Oct 17, 2011 2:04 PM

    Broncos are getting fleeced again because of a regime change.

    Hopefully Fox and Elway know what they’re doing.

  13. suckleague says: Oct 17, 2011 2:05 PM

    It’s something. Man that team needs help. Thank you captain obvious.

  14. mogogo1 says: Oct 17, 2011 2:06 PM

    There’s truth to the “get something now rather than nothing later” argument, but this is AWFULLY close to nothing.

    Interestingly enough, as they conduct this extended audition of Tim Tebow at quarterback, they’ll do so with a really thin corps of wideouts. After trading up in the first round to select him, you’d think they’d be interested in seeing if he can actually play. But their line stinks, their running game is still lousy, and now they have nobody of note at WR except for Decker (who’ll draw tighter coverage with Lloyd being gone). I’ve never been a real believer in Tebow, but it’s hard to see how they’re giving him much of a chance to succeed.

  15. acanniv says: Oct 17, 2011 2:09 PM

    Wow, this just seems like a terrible trade for the Broncos. Wouldn’t they have gotten a comparable compensatory pick if he would’ve just left after the season?

  16. wasteindustries says: Oct 17, 2011 2:11 PM

    Teams are getting tighter about trading picks now a days so couldn’t really see anyone giving a 4th rounder or higher for a free agent to be

  17. whoknowsnothing says: Oct 17, 2011 2:11 PM

    Now I can pickup Lloyd and start him on my fantasy team.

    His stats for 2010 season:
    REC-77
    YDS-1448
    TD’s-11

    Denver gives up that for a 5th rounder, I wonder what they’ll give up for a 4th rounder?

  18. allascowboys says: Oct 17, 2011 2:14 PM

    Is that Nick Cannon?

  19. universalcynic says: Oct 17, 2011 2:24 PM

    Brandon had a great season lat year. So far this year he and I have the same amount of TDs for the Broncos.

    I love how people devalue a draft pick as if it were a breath mint or something. A conditional 5th is pretty valuable when you have holes all over the roster to fill.

    This front office is still pickup up the pieces from the Josh McFratboy era. They gave it a go with what was left from his version of an NFL roster and are now blowing it up. I don’t blame them.

    The Broncos (even with Lloyd) were an average team at best. Now they don’t have to overpay a vet WR next year and can get younger with an extra pick.

    STL…good luck with all of that.

  20. sweetnlow44 says: Oct 17, 2011 2:24 PM

    Wow, Denver is stupid.

  21. hendeeze says: Oct 17, 2011 2:33 PM

    Denver take solace that your 5th is actually a really really low 4th.

  22. denverdave3 says: Oct 17, 2011 2:34 PM

    “gnubba says: Oct 17, 2011 2:02 PM

    Why would Denver even bother with this?!

    A) It sets Tebow up for failure

    B) Wouldn’t they have received a 5th rounder as a compensatory draft pick anyway? (which the Rams will now get, essentially getting Lloyd for free)

    Unbelievable, the Broncos essentially gave him away. Someone clue me in, what am I missing here?!”

    okay let me ‘splain it to ya. For starters the Rams are going nowhere so the pick will be only a few spots out of the 4th round. Next, he has only had one good year out of 9. Then there the fact that his contract is up in 3 months, then he will want top dollar for the few years he has left. Meanwhile the Broncs have good young talent (Cheaper) on the team and practice squad. Those players can realte to Tebow better than LLoyd and it is clear the Broncs want to get younger. Finally whoever the early 5th round pick is has a good chance of making this team and giving the Broncs 6-8 years of service. To put it another way the Pats have been proving for years that certain players are more valuable on the trading block than they are on field for a dozen games. Such is the case here. It’s as simple as that.

  23. dafixisin says: Oct 17, 2011 2:35 PM

    Wow… now all they have to do is reunite Eddie Royal with Cutler for a 7th rounder and eliminate any deep threat whatsoever!

    And as a Raiders fan… hooray!

  24. bwisnasky says: Oct 17, 2011 2:35 PM

    Land Snark says:
    Oct 17, 2011 2:04 PM
    Broncos are getting fleeced again because of a regime change.

    Hopefully Fox and Elway know what they’re doing.

    ———————————————–

    They know exactly what they are doing… they are setting up their Suck for Luck campaign in full force… and right now St. Louis is ahead of them… why not try to help the Rams win a couple of games so they can move up in the draft order?

  25. fissels says: Oct 17, 2011 2:37 PM

    Thats it? a 6th rounder? Thats all?

  26. 7pints says: Oct 17, 2011 2:38 PM

    Demaryius Thomas is back. If he stays healthy he will be 3x’s the receiver Lloyd is. So, no the Broncos did not get rid of their #1 WR, he’s just been injured.

  27. bbk1000 says: Oct 17, 2011 2:39 PM

    umm, which round was Brady drafted again?

  28. docboss says: Oct 17, 2011 2:46 PM

    Unless Lloyd can play on the offensive line, the “upgrade” is moot. How can Lloyd catch a ball while Bradford is on the ground? Is this just an attempt by Billy to save his job by winning three games this season?

  29. bing253 says: Oct 17, 2011 2:59 PM

    The Seahawks got a higher pick for Deion Branch last year (4th) than the Broncos got for last years leading receiving? The Broncos didn’t do a good job on this one they should have got at least a 4th or a couple middle/late round picks?

  30. kingkreg12 says: Oct 17, 2011 3:01 PM

    I like this move a lot for the Rams. How often does a 6th round pick turn into a Colston, Brady or Portis? Answer is one in maybe 500 of them. Lloyd will thrive in this offense with Mc D and Sammy. I just hope they can show the organization enough to keep them from cleaning house in the offseason.

    Lloyd may not come close to what he did last season ever again, but thinking that he can’t put up 1000 yds in this offense is a lapse of judgement.

  31. santolonius says: Oct 17, 2011 3:02 PM

    conspiracy theory… 1) the trade gives tebow a steeper mountain to climb so it is more likely that at year end they can say, “well we gave him a shot but he ain’t cut out for this” and 2) the trade and more like it gives them a better chance of going 1-15 and doing the old “suck for luck” shuffle.

  32. capslockkey says: Oct 17, 2011 3:05 PM

    “Demaryius Thomas is back. If he stays healthy he will be 3x’s the receiver Lloyd is. So, no the Broncos did not get rid of their #1 WR, he’s just been injured.

    That’s the equivalent of saying, trading Peyton Hillis away for essentially nothing makes sense since they have Knowshon Moreno. How did that work out by the way?

  33. Broncofanatic7 says: Oct 17, 2011 3:19 PM

    @capslockkey
    That is the equivalent to that at all. Everyone has just forgotten about Demaryius Thomas because he’s been injured. But now that he’s back, it’s a solid reviever joinging back in the depth chart. Thomas is going to be a beast.

  34. bignubba says: Oct 17, 2011 3:28 PM

    denverdave3 says:
    Oct 17, 2011 2:34 PM
    “gnubba says: Oct 17, 2011 2:02 PM

    Why would Denver even bother with this?!

    A) It sets Tebow up for failure

    B) Wouldn’t they have received a 5th rounder as a compensatory draft pick anyway? (which the Rams will now get, essentially getting Lloyd for free)

    Unbelievable, the Broncos essentially gave him away. Someone clue me in, what am I missing here?!”

    okay let me ‘splain it to ya. For starters the Rams are going nowhere so the pick will be only a few spots out of the 4th round. Next, he has only had one good year out of 9. Then there the fact that his contract is up in 3 months, then he will want top dollar for the few years he has left. Meanwhile the Broncs have good young talent (Cheaper) on the team and practice squad. Those players can realte to Tebow better than LLoyd and it is clear the Broncs want to get younger. Finally whoever the early 5th round pick is has a good chance of making this team and giving the Broncs 6-8 years of service. To put it another way the Pats have been proving for years that certain players are more valuable on the trading block than they are on field for a dozen games. Such is the case here. It’s as simple as that.

    ——————————
    Wow. Thank you for rewording my point, while adding the Brandon Lloyd bio all of us already know. I sure feel “schooled”

    So again, instead of using him for the rest of this year to at least attempt to win some games, we let him go for the same draft pick we’d be getting when he leaves at the end of the year? Oh I forgot, THIS pick, MIGHT be a FEW spots higher.

    Yeah, definitely seems like a great move. Considering the Broncos WR group and their injury history (looking at you, D. Thomas) they shoulda kept him

  35. capslockkey says: Oct 17, 2011 3:29 PM

    @Broncofanatic7

    People forgot about Demaryius Thomas because the guy spends more time in the tub than on the field. Hell, he was even injured when the Broncos drafted him. I think it’s funny that someone claims he’s 3X the receiver Lloyd is when he’s accomplished next to nothing at the NFL level so far.

  36. homelanddefense says: Oct 17, 2011 4:00 PM

    wow, I bet a lot of fans are pissed that their team didnt give up a 6th for the guy

  37. will447 says: Oct 17, 2011 4:15 PM

    They are doing everything they can to stay in the Suck for Luck race.

  38. Broncofanatic7 says: Oct 17, 2011 4:26 PM

    @capslockkey
    I never said he was going to be 3X the WR that Lloyd ever was… But let us all remember. Lloyd is a WR that was a journey man for 8 years before he finally started producing in the NFL. He’s now 31 years old. And Demaryius Thomas has a lot of upside to him, he’s taken time to get healthy and now it’s time for him to play and show us what he can do.

  39. thespeaker08 says: Oct 17, 2011 4:31 PM

    WOW

    A real steal.

    If I were Pat Bowlen, i’d give away a second rounder and Champ Bailey with John Fox just to convince someone to take Fox just off my hands.

  40. tjstyles says: Oct 17, 2011 4:59 PM

    “Denver gives up that for a 5th rounder, I wonder what they’ll give up for a 4th rounder?”

    What do they have left to trade?

  41. jebdamone says: Oct 17, 2011 5:06 PM

    wow…for a conditional sixth rounder? did they at least throw in a bowl of clam chowder too? how were there not more teams (vikings) looking to make a play at this guy? sammie is going to love lloyd.

  42. jgstriker says: Oct 17, 2011 10:28 PM

    So we give up practically our only talent on offense other than maybe Tebow or Eddie Royal for a 6th round pick? What???? Any comments?

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