NFL Trade Rumors: Denver Broncos Offering Up Wide Receiver Brandon Lloyd?

John DurstCorrespondent IOctober 13, 2011

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 20:  Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd #84 of the Denver Broncos lays out but is unable to haul in a pass during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on August 20, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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This just in: Denver Bronco wide receiver Brandon Lloyd is up for grabs, or such is the rumor.

Someone called incarceratedbob, apparently endorsed by Adam Schefter, put out the word late early Thursday morning that the Broncos are offering up wide receiver Brandon Lloyd for a second-round pick.

According to the rumor, there are at least three teams showing interest—the Washington Redskins, Tennessee Titans and Buffalo Bills. There were also rumors that the St. Louis Rams may be interested in making a play for the veteran wide receiver, too. If this rumor is true, I'd look for their names to pop up as well.

The move makes sense for the Broncos, seeing as they are obviously gearing up for a youth movement over there in Denver. They have three young wideouts that were high-draft picks—Eddie Royal, Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas—that they need to evaluate to see if the talent can match the potential.

With quarterback Tim Tebow coming in as the starter after the bye week, it's the perfect time to give this green group of receivers a chance to develop chemistry with the new starting signal-caller. A fresh start for everyone might just be exactly what the new coaching staff needs to breathe life into the team's act, which has gone stale over the last few years.

Also, Lloyd is in the last year of his deal with the Broncos.

He's going to want playmaker money after the 2011 season is over, especially if he puts up numbers anywhere close to what he put up last season.

With the kids taking over in Denver, it doesn't make sense to pay an aging pass catcher that kind of money to play on a team that might not even be ready to compete for a few more years.

There are other teams out there that can certainly use a wide receiver with the playmaking ability that Lloyd possesses. He's not helping the Broncos win right now, no matter how many one-handed grabs he hauls in.

If this rumor is true, it will work out best for everyone involved.