Brandon Lloyd: St. Louis Rams' 2011 Reception Leader Follows Josh McDaniels East

Justin GibsonCorrespondent IIIMarch 17, 2012

ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 20: Brandon Lloyd #83 of the St. Louis Rams celebrates his touchdown reception against the Seattle Seahawks at the Edward Jones Dome on November 20, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Seahawks beat the Rams 24-7.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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The St. Louis Rams reception leader for the 2011 season Brandon Lloyd has agreed to a three-year, $12 million contract with the New England Patriots, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The deal could reach a max of $15.5 million with incentives.

Lloyd, who played for the Denver Broncos and Rams last season, did not hide his desire to reunite with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels for the 2012 NFL season in an interview with St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Jim Thomas.

"I can't even lie about that," Lloyd said. "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.

"I do everything in this offense as opposed to other coordinators who would just run me off as the deep guy; run me off into double coverage and then say I'm not open. So I really like how Josh uses me within the offense. I'm extremely comfortable in the offense.

McDaniels was the offensive coordinator for the Rams last season, and was hired by the Patriots prior to last season's Super Bowl. Lloyd worked with McDaniels when he served as the head coach for the Broncos before joining the Rams.

He would go on later in the interview to say reuniting with McDaniels would probably be his No. 1 priority when deciding on where to sign this offseason.

The Rams traded a fifth-round pick for Lloyd in October. He would go on to be the Rams' leading receiver on the year with 51 receptions for 683 yards and five touchdowns in just 11 games played with the team. If the Rams had placed a franchise tag on Lloyd, he would have received more than $9 million, twice as much as he signed for in New England.

Lloyd led the NFL in reception yards for the 2010 season with 1,448.

The departure of Lloyd shifts Brandon Gibson into the team's No. 1 receiver slot for the time being. Danny Amendola is a restricted free agent and the team is reportedly talking to free agent Mario Manningham. Many anticipate the Rams to also address the wide receiver position early in the draft.

Justin Gibson covers the St. Louis Rams for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter.