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In the final year of his contract, and, apparently not in the Broncos future plans, receiver Brandon Lloyd was placed on the trading block last week, in hopes of getting something in return rather than let him walk at the end of the season for no more than a compensatory draft pick. A number of teams have expressed an interest in Lloyd, which is not surprising given the fact that Broncos' management seem perfectly content on donating Lloyd to the first short-handed club that applies.
Setting their asking price at a third- to fifth-round draft pick is yet another in a series of odd moves by the Broncos front office. In doing so, they've left little room for negotiation. Unless, of course, they never expected to get more than a sixth- or seventh-rounder for Lloyd to begin with.
This then begs the question why the Broncos would trade away the best down field threat they have for the same or less than the compensatory pick they stand to receive if they were to simply let him walk.
Trading Lloyd also sends the wrong message to the team, not to mention the fans. Even if the Broncos have tossed in the proverbial towel, which would be premature to say the least, what does Denver stand to gain by trading an impact player on a team clearly short on impact players?
Of all the moves the Broncos could and should try to make, Brandon Lloyd is one of, if not the last player who should be on the block. This is especially true, considering how little Denver stands to get in return when compared to what they give up in terms of production on the field right now.
With a passing offense ranked 27th in the league, the Broncos can ill-afford to loose Lloyd's ability to stretch opposing defenses and keep them honest. In fact, Brandon Lloyd may be the only viable deterrent to stacking the line of scrimmage with eight men in the box. As such, without Lloyd, it will be even more difficult to keep running lanes open for Moreno and McGahee to tote the rock through.