There’s still two weeks to go before he can officially do that so Lloyd is filling the time by talking to the Rams. The team isn’t expected to use their franchise tag to ensure Lloyd returns for another season at a price tag of $9.4 million, but they do seem to be open to keeping him around under a different framework.
“We had initial discussions in Indianapolis,” Rams COO Kevin Demoff told Turf Show Times. “We plan to continue talking.”
Given Lloyd’s obvious interest in exploring a chance to reunite with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, it seems unlikely that he would sign a new deal before getting a chance to test the open market. He’ll likely have other options as well once the wide receiver market takes shape after the franchise tag deadline, which only adds reason to believe he’ll take his chances as a free agent.