If he has not already made the call, Carolina Panthers general manager Marty Hurney needs to get on the phone ASAP with his counterpart in Denver, Brian Xanders, and negotiate a deal that brings Broncos wide receiver Brandon Lloyd to Charlotte.
Call John Fox. Call John Elway. Call the National Guard. Call someone in Denver to make sure this deal happens.
According to the Denver Post, the Broncos have put Lloyd, last season’s leading receiver in the NFL, on the trading block and are asking for anywhere from a third to fifth-round pick in the 2012 NFL draft in exchange for the wideout's services.
If Hurney acts quickly enough, perhaps Floyd could meet the team in Atlanta in time to dress for the Panthers’ 1:00 PM matchup Sunday against the Falcons. The NFL trade deadline is October 18.
With the Panthers’ projected No. 2 receiver David Gettis out for the season with a torn ACL, and with Legedu Naanee and Brandon LaFell not producing at a high level through the first five games of the 2011 NFL season, Carolina needs a second reliable wide receiver to further stretch the field for Cam Newton and to compliment Steve Smith.
Smith is currently the league’s second-leading receiver with 609 yards on 27 catches, and having a second top-flight receiver on the team will also benefit Panthers running backs DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart.
Brandon Lloyd led the NFL in 2010 with 1,448 receiving yards on 77 catches. He has 19 catches for 283 yards for the 1-4 Broncos so far this season.
CHANGING OF THE GUARD IN DENVER
The Broncos made national headlines earlier this week when head coach John Fox announced that Tim Tebow will replace Kyle Orton as the team’s starting quarterback in Denver's next game against the Miami Dolphins on October 23.
Lloyd has been outspoken throughout the season in support of the recently benched Kyle Orton as the Broncos’ starting quarterback and has publicly criticized the idea that Tim Tebow should be taking the snaps in Denver.
Orton was benched at halftime of last week’s game against the San Diego Chargers and replaced by Tebow, who played inspired football and nearly led the Broncos back from a 16-point second half deficit and had his team in position to win at the end. San Diego won the game 29-24 after knocking down Tebow’s pass into the end zone on the game’s final play.
Broncos fans and the local media have been vocal in their support of Tim Tebow since the team selected him in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft, going so far as to put up billboards in Denver pleading with Coach Fox—former head coach of the Panthers—to name Tebow the Broncos’ starting quarterback.
With a new starting quarterback and with receivers Eddie Royal and DeMaryius Thomas set to return from injury, the Broncos are ready for a fresh start and Brandon Lloyd could use one as well—in Charlotte.
Hey, Hurney, get on the phone already.