The NFL trade deadline, which expires Tuesday is usually not a day that’s circled on most fans calendars. There is usually very little movement compared to the MLB and NBA, mainly due to the non-guaranteed contracts in professional football and formerly the salary cap implications.
Although there isn’t expected to be much movement this year, we’ve already seen a pair of deals as the New York Jets dealt veteran wide receiver Derrick Mason to the Houston Texans and the Seattle Seahawks traded linebacker Aaron Curry to the Oakland Raiders. Another player who is on the trade block is Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, according to the Denver Post. Lloyd, the most talented Broncos offensive player was outspoken about his support for then starting quarterback Kyle Orton throughout training camp.
“I think it’s all B.S.,” Lloyd said in an ESPN interview. “I think everybody is just waiting for an opportunity to move (Orton) out and play anybody other than him.”
Some have labeled Brandon Lloyd as a selfish player or “diva” as he’s been outspoken about getting the football more. Lloyd is in a contract year and a pure pocket passer like Orton likely would’ve helped him put up numbers to receive a new contract at season’s end.
Current Broncos head coach John Fox doesn’t see his star wideout as selfish.
“I think most competitors want the ball,” Fox said when asked about Lloyd. “They all want to win. They work too hard. They put too much sweat and effort into this week to week. They want the results, so I would expect that from any player.”
It’s arguable whether Brandon Lloyd is a true number one receiver as the talented 30-year old has had one break out season in his nine-year career. Starting just 11 games in 2010, Lloyd caught 77 passes for 1,448 yards with 11 touchdowns. Lloyd earns just under $1.4 million this season so whatever team that deals for him wouldn’t have to take on much salary.
The two interested parties that have come to the forefront according to the report are the Tennessee Titans and Carolina Panthers. Tennessee lost number one wide receiver Kenny Britt to a knee injury two weeks ago and would like a shot in the arm to their passing attack. Carolina is trying to surround rookie quarterback Cam Newton with as many weapons as possible.
Anyone who trades for Lloyd would likely try to negotiate a new deal to avoid a rental type of situation. Other teams which could use a veteran wideout who could get in the mix are Jacksonville, Tampa Bay, St. Louis, Houston, both New York teams, Washington and Buffalo.
Lloyd has 19 catches for 283 yards and no touchdowns this season.