NFL Trade Rumors: Brandon Lloyd to Carolina Panthers Could Mean Division Title

Geoffrey MortonCorrespondent IIOctober 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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In a shocking move, the Broncos have placed All-Pro receiver Brandon Lloyd on the trading block and are now listening to offers from teams such as the Rams, Titans, and more importantly, the Panthers.

Last year Brandon Lloyd caught 77 balls for 1,448 yards and 11 touchdowns, but this year the magic is gone. Lloyd has only tallied 283 receiving yards in five games and the Broncos have put him on the market after deciding not to extend his contract, which expires after this season.

This is where the Carolina Panthers come in. Everyone knows by now that Cam Newton and Steve Smith are a spectacular duo, but after Smith the skill level of receivers like Brandon LaFell and Legedu Naanee take the field. While neither receiver is considerably lacking in talent, the Panthers could do much, much better at number two receiver, and Lloyd could be the answer for them.

Cam Newton is a gunslinger who loves throwing deep and playing aggressively, and while having Steve Smith to air it out to is nice, having another receiver capable of spectacular catches and difficult grabs lining up could benefit him greatly. 

While the Panthers are a disappointing 1-4 right now, they play the Redskins, Colts, Vikings, and Titans in the next five weeks, and adding Brandon Lloyd would give the Panthers an offensive edge and the extra spark that could mean the difference in each game. If the Panthers take advantage of Lloyd's availability and the relatively easy next few weeks, they could quickly rise above .500 again and begin to take the lead in a division that features the disappointing Bucs, out-of-sync Falcons and powerhouse Saints.

Although a tough team like the Saints will be hard to keep the division from, the already potent Panthers offense combined with Brandon Lloyd's play-making ability would be a challenging team to beat even with a mediocre defense. Bringing Brandon Lloyd to Carolina to join forces with Cam Newton, Steve Smith, and Greg Olsen would be a smart move for the Panthers, and one that could give them the division title.