Just as surprising as his career resurgence, the Denver Broncos have put a large “for sale” sign on leading receiver Brandon Lloyd, with sought trade compensation between a 3rd-5th round draft choice.
In fact, Lloyd has such a tremendous breakout season (77 CTH-1,448 YRD-11 TD’s) that he almost eclipsed his yardage totals from his previous four seasons combined (733-49ers, 365- Redskins, 14-Redskins, 364-Bears for 1,476), a very narrow 28 yards. His 11 touchdowns were more then his previous 5 seasons (7), and he is on pace to cross the 1,000 yard threshold again this season.
Receiver is definitely not a position of need compared to something like the offensive line, but this offense needs help. With an ailing Mike Williams, and a could be ailing at any moment Sidney Rice, and Deon Butler still out; would a fairly reasonable price of a 4th-5th round choice be too much to provide some additional security for Tarvaris Jackson?
At this time last year Seattle made a trade for pro bowl running back Marshawn Lynch, that paid dividends with a never-will-be-repeated backwards flip into the post-season, as well as into the endzone against the defending Super Bowl champions in the playoffs.
The price was a fourth round choice and a future fifth/sixth round choice, much akin to the pricetag on Lloyd right now. Seattle just dealt Aaron Curry for fifth, and seventh round choices, which would soften the blow of what would likely be a fourth round pick for Lloyd. In essence, they would be dealing a choice one round higher then what Aaron Curry got them for someone coming off a year finishing amongst the Andre Johnsons of the world.
Another reason quite simply would be to keep him away from the St. Louis Rams, where Josh McDaniels coaches and the man who was Lloyds coach during his resurgent campaign. They don’t appear to be a threat this year, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t potentially haunt them in the future.
Someone like the Rams, or Tennessee makes more sense given the injury to Kenny Britt, they both could be willing to pay a bit of a steeper price. With Pete Carroll though, you know he has that itchy trigger finger, so I wouldn’t rule another deal getting done, Lloyd or not, before the deadline.
Hell, why don’t they just take Kyle Orton and Brandon Lloyd in a package deal? I would still rather have Kyle Orton then either of the quarterbacks.