NFL Trade Speculation: Why Brandon Lloyd for Peyton Hillis Makes Sense

Andy BaileyFeatured ColumnistOctober 17, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 18:  Peyton Hillis #40 of the Cleveland Browns carries the ball against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, who led the NFL in receiving yards last season, is reportedly available for trade. According to the Denver Post, the teams that are most interested include the 49ers, Rams and Patriots.

Denver is said to be looking for a mid-round pick to use in the 2012 NFL draft in exchange for its most productive offensive player. Such a return could help this team build for the future, but I think there could be another option that would help the team and new starting quarterback Tim Tebow right now.

Former Bronco Peyton Hillis is in the midst of a bit of a contract dispute with the Cleveland Browns and some are suggesting that the team is already trending toward his backup Montario Hardesty anyway. If that's the case, moving Hillis and his contract negotiations in exchange for an impact receiver could help the Browns.

Lloyd would clearly be the best receiver in Cleveland and would finally give young quarterback Colt McCoy a real weapon to throw the ball to.

Peyton Hillis has struggled to stay healthy this year, but he could still add a very exciting dimension to the Broncos offense. He was a fan favorite in Denver before Josh McDaniels inexplicably decided to stop utilizing his great talent.

Willis McGahee has been solid this year for Denver, but the Broncos could use a second running back. Knowshon Moreno has never come anywhere near living up to the expectations many had for him. Hillis would get tough yards Moreno has displayed he's incapable of getting.

Hillis is a great weapon in the passing game as well. Tim Tebow will need reliable receivers in the flats that he can dump the ball to when he starts improvising.

On top of all that, it would be fun to have a backfield tandem we could refer to as "Hillis and Willis."

Now, if the Broncos could just find a team willing to take Kyle Orton off their hands.

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