Denver Broncos Ship Brandon Lloyd to St. Louis

Lloyd, the league’s reigning receiving leader, should inject life into the winless St. Louis Rams.

Posted: 10/18/2011 06:13 PM EDT
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Brandon Lloyd Traded

It may not have been the move a receiver the caliber of Pro Bowler Brandon Lloyd anticipated when he was traded from the Denver Broncos to the winless St. Louis Rams, but it’s still a fresh start.

 

"I don't see a terrible situation,” Lloyd said on ESPN’s SportsCenter. “I see it as a positive situation.”

 

The Rams only had to give up a sixth-round pick in 2012, which will likely become a fifth-round selection as long as Lloyd catches 30 passes the remainder of the season.

 

"He’s made a lot of big plays in the NFL,” said General Manager Billy Devaney. “We saw him up close last year in Denver. He’s got size, good hands, a polished route runner. He’s got a knack for making the big play. We’re going to put him in the mix and off we go.”

 

With the NFL trade deadline looming at 3 p.m. Tuesday, this just seemed like a great move for Lloyd. He is reunited with former Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels, who is now the Rams offensive coordinator.

 

Lloyd, who is in the final year of a contract that pays him $1.4 million, made clear that his desire to leave Denver had nothing to do with the Broncos going with Tim Tebow over veteran Kyle Orton.

 

"This had nothing to do with Tim," Lloyd told 104.3 The Fan radio station in Denver. "I'm like everybody else, I find it hard not to like the kid and I have a lot of respect for him and a lot of respect for what he wants to accomplish in his career.

 

"I think this move creates the space for Denver to really find out what they want to do with the organization and the same thing for me. It puts me in a situation where maybe a team will want to look at me long-term or maybe I can fill a void for a season for St. Louis and get those guys back on track."

 

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