Brandon Lloyd Practically Begging to Play for New England Patriots
Now don't get me wrong, I happen to like the guy, but unrestricted free agent wideout Brandon Lloyd has made some pretty blatant remarks during the offseason and he got worse this week.
In an interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch last December, Lloyd, who played for the St. Louis Rams at the time, sounded almost giddy when talking about the prospects of following offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
"I'm tied to McDaniels. He uses me differently than other offensive coordinators used me in my entire career. He uses me as an every-play receiver. The short game, mid-range game, gimmick passes, deep balls."
Lloyd's media circus continued this week as the veteran spent some time with ESPN Boston Radio. And you guessed it, Llloyd hasn't run out of nice things to say just yet.
"How things are run over there. From afar, you can see attention to detail, the dedication that players are putting into that program, and you see the result on Sundays. You see it a lot, you see it in the Super Bowl a lot. That formula is a very special formula and anybody who could be in serious talks of being a part of that formula should be very excited. I don't care what position you are. You'd be lying if you're not."
The longer this public display of affection drags on the more it reminds me of Chad Ochocinco's attempts to land in New England. Last season's addition at wideout sent multiple not-so-secret admirer cards to the Patriots throughout the offseason.
For a player who supposedly understands the Patriots offense so well, it's a bit concerning to see Lloyd take a route out of Ochocinco's playbook. After agreeing to a restructured three-year, $6.35 million deal, Ochocinco produced what can only be called the least productive season of his professional career.
Will the Patriots overpay for Lloyd?
If that's the case then maybe these two really do have some things in common, and maybe that's not such a bad thing. When asked whether his relationship with McDaniels gave the team a specific advantage in signing him, Lloyd had this say.
"I think it's all fair, because that all, to me, goes into the fit. That's what I'm calling it -- that's the play-caller, the quarterback, the personnel. There [are] a ton of good fits out there. There is a huge void for wide receivers in this league who can just catch the ball, move the chains, get those big chunk plays that you need in this league. I think my relationship with Josh does give New England an advantage, but at the same time, all the factors have to weigh in."
But what's the key again Brandon?
"Winning is definitely the highest priority. I've been in the league for 10 years now and I don't look at the NFL as a place where I can hoard money and get as much as I can because it's the end of the world (at the end of his career)."
Yup, sounds like this man is already full of humble pie. After all this talk and flirtatious sentiment, it would be an astounding upset if Lloyd doesn't get what he's looking for.
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