Denver Broncos Trade Rumors: Brandon Lloyd For a Mid-Round Pick Would Be Wrong

Aaron MeeCorrespondent IOctober 15, 2011

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 12:  Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd #84 of the Denver Broncos celebrates his first down reception against the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 12, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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In the midst of the news of Tim Tebow starting for the Denver Broncos, there are several articles floating around that detail possible Brandon Lloyd trades.

For a third to fifth-round pick.

Lloyd, despite having the best hands and body control I have seen, is a free agent next season.

The argument I have seen most is that Denver is in rebuilding mode and are stacked at wide receiver. It wouldn't make sense to tie up money in Lloyd, apparently.

I agree there is much potential in Denver's young receiving corps. Eric Decker looks like a feature wideout in the making, while Demaryius Thomas looks like he has all the tools needed to be a superstar.

Denver also has Eddie Royal, who has shown some flashes throughout his young career, along with the very intriguing tight end prospects, Julius Thomas and Virgil Green.

Potential doesn't win games, though, and third to fifth-round draft picks don't typically come in and help a team right away.

If you feel you are alright at receiver, without Lloyd, that's fine. The Broncos probably would be okay, especially with them moving to a heavier scheme, but is a third-round pick the going rate for one of the most respected receivers in the game?

I realize he's 30 and has only had one spectacular season, but this guy is making plays on the ball that I have never seen before in my life.

He's also the Broncos' best route runner.

He's a solid teammate and a real professional. Most players in his position would have held out for a better contract before this season.

Instead, he came to play another year as one of the lowest paid players on the roster.

Is there really not a team out there that would give up more for him?

The Raiders gave up a first rounder for Richard Seymour, who had the same contract situation and was exactly the same age as Lloyd.

Can Denver not pick up a decent defensive tackle prospect along with a draft pick for Lloyd? Can't we at least get a first or second rounder from a team that needs just one special player to get over the hump and win a Super Bowl?

Lloyd has at least another solid five years ahead of him—I guarantee it.

He hasn't had much opportunity throughout his career, and as a result he hasn't suffered the same wear and tear that your average 30-year-old has.

If Denver has decided he is expendable, I hope they won't just give him away. They need to communicate with the scout team and scour the NFL for players who maybe haven't fit on their current teams.

There is talent in the NFL right now that could easily be had in exchange for Brandon Lloyd.

He is the only home run signing of the McDaniels era. Don't give him away. Please. Being on the losing end of trades is getting old.