Brandon Lloyd: Why the Cleveland Browns Should Be Interested

Chuck StanecContributor IIIOctober 14, 2011

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 2: Brandon Lloyd #84 of the Denver Broncos makes a catch while being covered by Tramon Williams #38 of the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on October 2, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Matt Ludtke /Getty Images)
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ESPN.com reported very early this morning that the Denver Broncos are shopping top wide receiver Brandon Lloyd. The Broncos are looking for a mid-round draft pick as compensation.

In 2010, Lloyd went on a tear, gathering up more than 1,400 yards and 11 touchdowns. He and quarterback Kyle Orton developed a nice chemistry.

Lloyd, who is in his ninth season in the league, has played with four different NFL franchises.

Obviously, the Cleveland Browns should be interested in Lloyd, who could come to them very cheaply.

The Browns' top two wide receivers have 26 catches for 347 yards. Lloyd alone has 19 grabs for 283 yards, despite being hampered by a leg injury for the last few weeks.

Lloyd, although well-traveled, is a difference maker in Denver. He could easily help second-year quarterback Colt McCoy and the new Browns offense develop by being a proven and reliable target to throw the football to.

If the Browns were to make the move to bolster their passing attack, Brian Robiskie could possibly be the odd man out. He has disappointed since being drafted early in the second round, three years ago. This season, the former Ohio State Buckeye has logged more game appearances than he has receptions.

At 2-2, are the Browns willing to make a move that could aid them in battling for one of the AFC's two wild card spots?  It could be a well-played gamble for a team that has been in the doldrums since 1999.