According to Field Yates of ESPNBoston.com, the Patriots aren’t expected to bring back free agent wide receiver Brandon Lloyd.
One of the names that many have asked about as a potential addition to the Patriots offense in an attempt to replace Aaron Hernandez is Brandon Lloyd, who was released this March after one season with the team. At the time, our sense was that the decision to cut ties with Lloyd was as much about finances (he was due a $3 million roster bonus) as anything else, although reports also suggested that he wasn’t a good fit within the Patriots locker room. The Patriots, and any NFL team, always want a harmonious locker room, but now would seem to be a time when the Patriots are particularly interested in finding players who fit among the rest of the team. By that token, if Lloyd’s behavior did in fact play a part in the team’s decision to release him previously, we wouldn’t expect a reunion.
The fact of the matter is that Lloyd didn’t do much last season, so the chances are that he wouldn’t contribute much if he was brought back this season. The Patriots need to hope and pray that the young receivers on their roster will step up.
The good news for the Pats is that it seems like it doesn’t matter who their receivers are as long as they have Tom Brady as their quarterback.