On Wednesday, we reported that the Patriots (and other teams) have reached out to receiver Brandon Lloyd about playing in 2013. Lloyd, who gained 911 yards in 2012 with New England, consistently has declined, explaining that he’s not mentally or physically ready to play.
On Thursday, our friend (not sarcasm) Mike Silver of NFL Network (i.e., the rebel who now works for the man) dropped trou and took a dump on the report, contending that the Patriots “never called” Lloyd.
So we double-checked, and we learned that, yes, the Patriots did call about Lloyd. It was a while ago, but it happened.
On the night when NFLN has invaded Gillette Stadium and the Pats are feeling uncharacteristically loquacious on matters like Bill Belichick’s contract, it doesn’t mean the info that may be flowing from the organization is accurate. As to the notion that they didn’t contact Lloyd, it’s not accurate.
We can understand why the Patriots would deny it. For starters, the Patriots like to create the impression that they get what they want, and what they don’t get they didn’t want. Now that they’re trying to get by with a collection of rookies and reformed slappies, they need to love the ones they’re with.