Landing Lloyd: Bears Need to Jump on Golden Opportunity, Trade for Broncos WR

Dustin BrownCorrespondent IIOctober 15, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 01:  Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd #84 of the Denver Broncos walks out onto the field before the preseason NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 1, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Broncos 26-7.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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For the past decade, the Chicago Bears have never possessed a No. 1 wideout. Bernard Berrian, Muhsin Muhammad and Devin Hester have all been projects who have fallen on their faces in recent years.

One receiver, however, has slipped between the fingers in Chicago's shaky grasps: Brandon Lloyd.

In 2008, the Bears brought in the disgruntled receiver from San Francisco via free agency. With Kyle Orton at quarterback (the combination sound familiar?), the Orton-Lloyd connection seemed prevalent throughout the first half of the season.

Brandon Lloyd unexpectedly didn't see much playing time after spectacular catches and plays made. Due to injury, or what it may be, it seems a mistake after Lloyd was the No. 1 overall receiver in the entire National Football League just a season ago.

With Denver in pieces that are going to be put back together, the Broncos have decided to take a younger route and trade their star receiver for a reported third-round pick or later. Of course, the general rule is to offer below the asking price for any purchase.

So, let's get this straight.

Brandon Lloyd, a receiver who caught 77 passes for 1,448 yards a year ago, is being shopped for a third-, fourth-, or fifth-round pick. 

The Chicago Bears, in dire need of offensive firepower to uplift a struggling team, desperately need to pursue this trade.

Not only does Chicago gain a productive receiver, but a playmaker to follow quarterback Jay Cutler's footsteps in terms of carrying the load, along with Matt Forte

This trade wouldn't be the most detrimental exchange over the years, but the Bears would undoubtedly improve for the next few years to come. 

Pull the trigger, Chicago.