NFL Free Agency: Brandon Lloyd to the New England Patriots Makes Perfect Sense

Tony SantorsaSenior Writer IIFebruary 13, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 23: Brandon Lloyd #83 of the St. Louis Rams runs against the Dallas Cowboys runs down the field against  at Cowboys Stadium on October 23, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/Getty Images)
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By the start of the 2012 NFL season, Tom Brady will be turning 35 years old with three years left on his contract and time running out to win his fourth Super Bowl. 

In not only Brady's best interest, but in the best interest of the New England Patriots, Bill Belichick and the team's front office need to surround Brady with as much talent as they possibly can—and free agent wide receiver Brandon Lloyd is definitely an option. 

Ever since dealing away Randy Moss halfway through the 2010 season, the Patriots haven't had a true No. 1 wide receiver. They have had success with Wes Welker as the slot and Deion Branch as the No. 1, but at this point of Branch's career, he's no longer a reliable option.

New England has one of the most lethal receiving corps in the NFL with tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez and soon-to-be free agents Welker and Branch—but they're lacking a true No. 1 wide receiver that's well-rounded and can run the majority of the route tree. 

Branch's future with the team isn't clear, but recent reports indicate that the Patriots plan on using their franchise tag on Welker, which still leaves the team enough room to reel in a wide receiver with the caliber of Lloyd. 

New England has a projected amount of $20 million to play with this offseason and some of that could be used to bring in Lloyd. 

Why is Lloyd such an attractive option? Well, that's simple. It's because of his relationship with New England's offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

McDaniels had coached Lloyd with the Denver Broncos for one-and-a-half seasons as well as this past season with the St. Louis Rams

In fact, Lloyd told this past December that he's "tied to McDaniels.

If Lloyd were to follow McDaniels and join the Patriots, he'd bring along his 31 career touchdowns and slot in as the team's No. 1 receiver.

Lloyd's best season came in 2010, McDaniels' final season with Denver. Lloyd recorded 77 receptions for 1,448 yards and 11 touchdowns. 

If Lloyd can bring half of that production to the Patriots, he'd certainly be far more productive than Chad Ochocinco this past season. 

With free agency set to start March 13, we'll just have to wait and see if Lloyd sticks to his word and follows McDaniels to New England to join Tom Brady and the Patriots. 

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