Despite a report that the Patriots and free agent receiver Brandon Lloyd are close to a deal, and despite Lloyd hinting that he’d take less money to play for the Patriots, the deal is not done. And money is the reason.
After the Boston Globe published a report citing an unnamed source saying the deal is close, the Boston Herald published a report citing an unnamed source saying that as of noon today, the deal was not close.
The Herald says the Patriots are still the favorites to land Lloyd in the end, but they want Lloyd to bring his price down. It’s not clear what Lloyd is asking for now, but apparently it’s more than the Patriots want to spend.
The question is whether it’s also more than the 49ers want to spend. Lloyd has also visited San Francisco, and if the 49ers aren’t balking at what he’s asking for, that could make the 49ers the favorites for his services, and we could see Peyton Manning throwing passes to Randy Moss and Brandon Lloyd at Candlestick Park next year.