Patriots Free Agency: Brandon Lloyd Is the Ideal Option for New England

Mitch CharetteCorrespondent IMarch 7, 2012

CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 13:  Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd #83 of the St. Louis Rams makes a catch in front of defensive back Joe Haden #23 of the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on November 13, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Every NFL fan knows that the New England Patriots will be actively looking to sign a free agent wide receiver. As to who that is—well, there are many options. With a simple search on Google, you will find numerous rumblings about New England targeting Vincent Jackson, Mike Wallace, Randy Moss, Brandon Lloyd and others.

I don't see any option making even close to as much sense as Brandon Lloyd.

First and foremost, Lloyd will not be demanding the money that Jackson or Wallace want. Most of the NFL's elite wide receivers make under $9 million per year, and Lloyd in no way, shape or form can be considered as elite as the likes of Roddy White, Calvin Johnson or Andre Johnson.

The Patriots would be looking to sign Lloyd for under $6 million a year with the possibility of incentives and bonuses. This is what New England needs, since they will most likely also be looking to sign a defensive free agent.

Even Lloyd himself has entertained the idea of playing in Foxboro.

As reported by Mike Florio, Lloyd had said:

"Yes, I find that very interesting. I would like to entertain that and see where that goes. There is no bones about that. I've been very successful in Josh McDaniels' offense. I really admire Tom Brady. I admire that organization and how they run things over there. I'd definitely be interested in hearing how I could possibly fit into that equation."

There is just one issue with the Patriots pursuing Lloyd. Tom Condon is his agent. In 2004, there was a fallout between the Patriots organization and Condon and Ben Watson, and New England has avoided talking with players attached to the powerful agent.

I think this is the time when the Patriots finally forget about the past. After all, the NFL is a business, and grudges can be devastating. Also, Lloyd's clear interest in reuniting with coach Josh McDaniels proves to be another reason why the talks will happen.

Condon works for Lloyd, and ultimately it is Lloyd's decision to make. Condon also represents players in the draft that New England may be considering—another benefit of ending this dispute with the agent.

ST. LOUIS, MO - JANUARY 1: Brandon Lloyd #83 of the St. Louis Rams rolls out of bounds after making a catch against the San Francisco 49ers at the Edward Jones Dome on January 1, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The 49ers beat the Rams 34-27.  (Photo by Dili
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Speaking of the relationship between coach and player, we've seen how well Josh McDaniels utilizes Lloyd's abilities. Giving Lloyd a full route tree, which is very important within the Patriots' complex offense, is exactly why Lloyd works well under the coach.

"He gave me a really large route tree and just the way the plays were designed, I was put in positions where I could just make catches. I wasn't expected to do anything that I wasn't good at and I think that's what he did for all the receivers," Lloyd explained, calling the scheme creative. "He really puts guys in situations to where we're confident and we can perform at maximum levels."

Sounds like exactly what Bill Bellichick asks of his players: do your job.

The upside of signing B. Lloyd is tremendous. Saving salary cap for more signings and reuniting the coach and player–leaves no better option other than Brandon Lloyd for Bellichick and his Patriots.

Please feel free top open debate in the comments section. I would love to hear your opinions and other scenarios you think the patriots may consider.