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Brandon Lloyd hints he might take less money to play for Pats

Brandon Lloyd

Free agent wideout Brandon Lloyd told PFT Live in February that he’d “like to entertain” the possibility of playing for the New England Patriots. Lloyd has an obvious tie to new Pats offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who helped resurrect Lloyd’s career in Denver.

Lloyd took it a step further in an interview with Tom Curran of Comcast SportsNet New England this week. Lloyd said he’s “very interested” in the Patriots with just five days left before the market opens.

Very interested,” Lloyd stressed. “And like I said earlier, I admire coach Bill [Belichick], I admire Tom Brady, I admire how they run things over there.

“Any receiver to be considered to come in and play on the New England Patriots is gonna be excited just because of the history of success.”

Lloyd makes an awful lot of sense for the Patriots. He’s a vertical wide receiver, a role Chad Ochocinco failed to fill last season. Deion Branch was New England’s primary downfield threat, but he is unsigned, going on age 33, and declining rapidly.

While Lloyd recently had light contract talks with the Rams, the following statements he made to Curran strongly indicate Lloyd would much prefer to play for a contender like New England:

“Winning is definitely the highest priority,” he said. “I’ve been in the league for ten years now and I don’t look at the NFL as a place where I can hoard money and get as much as I can because it’s the end of the world.”

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53 Responses to “Brandon Lloyd hints he might take less money to play for Pats”
  1. justentertainingthestupid says: Mar 8, 2012 11:28 PM

    Cool story.

  2. gmsalpha says: Mar 8, 2012 11:33 PM

    That last quote is one of the most refreshing things I’ve heard come out of an NFL player’s mouth in a long time.

  3. jeremywflores says: Mar 8, 2012 11:35 PM

    The dude makes the most ridiculous catches and deserves to be on a contending team. Giving Brady two WRs to worry about, to go along with the two TEs, would be stacked.

  4. atwatercrushesokoye says: Mar 8, 2012 11:35 PM

    He might take less money now but once he figures out that he’s at best the fourth favorite target of Brady he’s going to cause problems.

  5. lolb23 says: Mar 8, 2012 11:38 PM

    Pats>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Rams

  6. pastabelly says: Mar 8, 2012 11:39 PM

    Wallace is a better move for the Pats. Lloyd should be the fall back option.

  7. t16rich says: Mar 8, 2012 11:42 PM

    Brandon who?

  8. trevor123698 says: Mar 8, 2012 11:44 PM

    That will be awsome.

    What exactly is meant by the tailend of this comment though? “I’ve been in the league for ten years now and I don’t look at the NFL as a place where I can horde money and get as much as I can because it’s the end of the world.”

  9. 7pints says: Mar 8, 2012 11:46 PM

    Winning is the highest priority??? Hahaha! Oh silly Me-Lloyd. When Welker is targeted twice as much as you, the fans will see the real you.

  10. mcjon22 says: Mar 8, 2012 11:46 PM

    ‘Shrugs’, have fun losing to Peyton and Miami twice a year

  11. cliffordc05 says: Mar 8, 2012 11:48 PM

    It is a nice story if Lloyd has saved his money and is able to pick a team at the end of his career that gives him his best chance at a Superbowl.

  12. phinfan says: Mar 8, 2012 11:48 PM

    This just in: Brandon’s agent just fired himself.

  13. billybob91 says: Mar 8, 2012 11:49 PM

    As a Patriots fan, I couldn’t be more against Lloyd joining the Patriots. The guy has been on 5 teams soon to be a sixth and has only had one good season in his career. He’s gonna want big money and doesn’t deserve it at all.

  14. yaryers says: Mar 8, 2012 11:50 PM

    I know he just wants to follow McDaniels, but you gotta commend the guy. He could be in line for his first better-than-decent contract ever, and he doesn’t care…he just wants to be a contributor on a contender.

  15. dbones750 says: Mar 8, 2012 11:51 PM

    That would be awesome for Lloyd…but they still couldn’t beat the Giants.

  16. ChrisCicc says: Mar 8, 2012 11:51 PM

    Every unselfish player in the league would take less money to play for the Patriots.

  17. riverhorsey says: Mar 8, 2012 11:56 PM

    He should just kiss their ass and get it over with.

  18. roamingabriel says: Mar 8, 2012 11:58 PM

    Don’t let the door hit ya…

  19. 4t9er says: Mar 8, 2012 11:58 PM

    Maybe he should work for free. This is not the way negotiate contracts.

  20. bleed4philly says: Mar 9, 2012 12:04 AM

    Somewhere Josh McDaniels is growing a big rubbery one.

  21. der6495 says: Mar 9, 2012 12:06 AM

    Either Lloyd or Mike Wallace will be starting on the outside for the Pats next year.

  22. reebs33 says: Mar 9, 2012 12:16 AM

    Say goodbye to Ocho, use bring back Branch as a third option, pass on Wallace, bring in Lloyd and look to add a bigger receiver who can go up and fight for the ball through the draft.
    Oh, and Bill, please use the first four picks this year instead of trading down…again. The window with Brady is closing, now is the time to load up with some key players.

  23. rickastleydancemoves says: Mar 9, 2012 12:20 AM

    Yeah right, and I’m a black 26 yr old that likes Rick Astley music… No really, I’m a black 26 yr old that likes Rick Astley music so this is a possibility.

  24. nflofficeadmin says: Mar 9, 2012 12:21 AM

    Obviously doesn’t believe in himself or that he can do it on his own. Is he banking on endorsement deals to recoup the lost money… Sounds like bad business.

  25. lostsok says: Mar 9, 2012 12:21 AM

    Why would someone want to play for a team that was good last decade is on the verge of collapse? That’s like wanting to join Denver in 2002 or Dallas in 1994.

    The dynasty is over.

    The Ryan Mallett era is going to be a hoot for Dolphin, Jet and Bill fans….

  26. cunninglinguist69 says: Mar 9, 2012 12:26 AM

    Brandon Lloyd to the Pats seems like such a symbiotic relationship that, somehow, just isn’t gonna happen…

  27. asw1028 says: Mar 9, 2012 12:31 AM

    What the heck happened to this guy? He was an underachiever, a wanna-be rapper and overall doofus who showed occasional flashes of big-play ability. It seems like he turned into a mature and consummate team player overnight, I hope he stays this way and fulfills his potential. Also, I never noticed how long his arms are, they’re like Rajon Rondo’s arms.

  28. kissbillsrings says: Mar 9, 2012 12:54 AM

    I’d love to see the Pats pick him up & go after Meachem as well…maybe lose Branch & Ocho & go after another receiver in the draft to develop….

  29. hannahsdaddy says: Mar 9, 2012 1:10 AM

    Wow, I had to double check that he had been in the league for 10 years. It’s true, I guess his name didn’t come up for the first seven? I love how all these aging veterans think they want to finish their careers in NE and win a ring, and BB is starting to buy into that a little more each year. Go ahead, make him your #1.

  30. maddenisfordorks says: Mar 9, 2012 1:21 AM

    Dude it’s 2012. It’s all about hoarding money for as long as your alive.

  31. staffordsyear says: Mar 9, 2012 1:28 AM

    Its refreshing to see a player like this,winning is his highest priority not money,best of luck to you sir.

  32. livingsacrifice86 says: Mar 9, 2012 1:33 AM

    Do it Pats, do it now

  33. babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 9, 2012 1:40 AM

    Brandon also volunteered to take the bottom bunk in a small room shared with Randy Moss, take his turn washing uniforms and equipment, and help pick up litter in the stands after home games.

  34. burm61 says: Mar 9, 2012 1:40 AM

    I celebrate Brandon Lloyd’s whole catalog.

  35. meytonpanning says: Mar 9, 2012 1:49 AM

    I hate to say it… But the Patriots are starting to look really good for next year.

  36. tropboi11 says: Mar 9, 2012 2:23 AM

    Go and get him Pats, he will be the biggest upgrade from Ocho, he wants to play and he has the talent, the Pats would be making a big mistake if they dont sign him.

  37. sportsguybayarea says: Mar 9, 2012 2:50 AM

    brandon lloyd started off his career making spectacular catches in san fran. tim rattay was his qb. then blew up in denver with kyle orton. this guy has amazing hands. in my opinion on of the best wideouts in the game. put him with tom brady and watch out! this would be a great fit.

  38. myopinionmattersandyoursblows says: Mar 9, 2012 3:12 AM

    Branch is done. Ochostinko was done 2 seasons ago. Who else is left? Blair Underwood?
    Lloyd is perfect fit for NE. Welker, Gronk, and Hernandez and Lloyd are some nice targets for Brady!
    Pats gotta get themselves a solid RB.

  39. gavriloprincip33 says: Mar 9, 2012 4:53 AM

    Well if he really wants to win then shouldn’t he want to play for the Jets given that they won the last two SB’s?

  40. crucifixkiss says: Mar 9, 2012 5:57 AM

    Anybody else think this guy is a little needy?

  41. kelvinmchale says: Mar 9, 2012 6:06 AM

    Welcome to New England, Mr. Lloyd. What size ring do you wear?

  42. nukaten says: Mar 9, 2012 6:27 AM

    Feel free to hoard money at my place buddy

  43. lolb23 says: Mar 9, 2012 7:37 AM

    Going from Rams to Pats? Talk about winning the lottery!!

  44. munchkin420 says: Mar 9, 2012 7:51 AM

    Chad Johnson turned out to be a waste of Bob Kraft’s rather large fortune; Brandon Lloyd will be a sound investment.
    Welker, Gronkowski and Hernandez were targeted as much as they were in part because Branch and Johnson couldn’t get open consistently enough. Lloyd will be a legitimate outside threat and Vereen will provide another option out of the backfield. Welker’s numbers will drop this year. And that is a good thing for the overall Pat’s offense.

  45. usmarine75 says: Mar 9, 2012 7:53 AM

    Good, because the Pats hint Brandon Lloyd might take less money to play for them…

  46. gimmeabruschi says: Mar 9, 2012 7:54 AM

    pastabelly says: Mar 8, 2012 11:39 PM

    Wallace is a better move for the Pats. Lloyd should be the fall back option.

    _______________________________

    You want to give up a 1st round pick AND pay this guy megabucks? C’mon, sober up.

    Sign Lloyd and Moss for cheap and ditch Branch and Ocho.

  47. rc33 says: Mar 9, 2012 11:42 AM

    Patriots have to be tired of wasting 2nd & 3rd round picks on WR busts the past several years.
    Sign a proven WR like this guy and use their own first to sign RFA Ladarius Webb from the Ravens.
    They’ll still have 3 remaining picks in the first two rounds.

  48. bozosforall says: Mar 9, 2012 12:59 PM

    kelvinmchale says:
    Mar 9, 2012 6:06 AM
    Welcome to New England, Mr. Lloyd. What size ring do you wear?

    __
    Size ring? You idiot Pats fans obviously didn’t learn from 2007. Or last season, for that matter.

  49. kelvinmchale says: Mar 9, 2012 2:38 PM

    We did learn from 2001, 2003 and 2004, though. Remember, to win the Super Bowl, first your team has to make it to the Super Bowl. The Patriots have played in five of the last eleven Super Bowls and won three. As a fan, I couldn’t ask for more.

  50. tigerlilac says: Mar 9, 2012 4:12 PM

    All things being equal, Wallace is the better option but all things are not equal. It costs the Patriots only Lloyd’s contract (less the contract of the person they let go). Wallace costs them not only a number one pick, albeit just the 31st choice, but really two additional players (the 2nd rounder Belichick will get this year in trading that choice plus the number one next year he will also get). Bringing on Wallace would have to be better for the Patriots than adding Lloyd, a 2nd this year and a first next year . He’s not unless you think you win a SB with him but not without him.

  51. chiefsroyals says: Mar 9, 2012 5:07 PM

    Most scrubs would take less money to play in New England. This isn’t news.

  52. bozosforall says: Mar 9, 2012 9:28 PM

    kelvinmchale says:
    Mar 9, 2012 2:38 PM
    We did learn from 2001, 2003 and 2004, though. Remember, to win the Super Bowl, first your team has to make it to the Super Bowl. The Patriots have played in five of the last eleven Super Bowls and won three. As a fan, I couldn’t ask for more.
    ______

    Learned how to *win*by cheating. Zero titles since getting caught cheating.

  53. patsfiend says: Mar 12, 2012 11:13 AM

    bozosforall says:
    Mar 9, 2012 9:28 PM
    kelvinmchale says:
    Mar 9, 2012 2:38 PM
    We did learn from 2001, 2003 and 2004, though. Remember, to win the Super Bowl, first your team has to make it to the Super Bowl. The Patriots have played in five of the last eleven Super Bowls and won three. As a fan, I couldn’t ask for more.
    ______

    Learned how to *win*by cheating. Zero titles since getting caught cheating.
    ———–
    Who is your team, loser? I mean other than the Yankees and Lakers that you root for, front running deserter that you are, Bozo.

    Best record (by far) in the league since being caught “cheating.” Those 3 trophies at Patriot’s Place look awfully shiny, too.

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