The New England Patriots recently signed Donald Jones, previously of the Buffalo Bills, and they are also strongly considering signing Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders to an offer sheet. It seems like the Patriots want to go young at the wide receiver position, but they aren’t going to just let Brandon Lloyd go.
Reasons such as “erratic behavior” and an inability to find a set niche in the offense were listed by a source close to CSNNE’s Tom E. Curran earlier this month as reasons for the New England Patriots not keeping Brandon Lloyd. In that piece, the source told Curran that the Patriots did not have Lloyd in their future plans and would not keep him in 2013.
The signing of Jones and the interest in Sanders seemed to point to the conclusion that Lloyd’s option would not be picked up today. However, Adam Schefter reported yesterday that the Patriots and Lloyd were in talks about Lloyd coming back on a reduced deal. The Patriots are willing to keep Lloyd at a cheaper price, especially since going younger also presents uncertainties (the health of Danny Amendola and Donald Jones are at the forefront).
According to a new tweet by Curran, Lloyd has a “50-50″ chance at staying with the New England Patriots. Curran notes that this is an “improvement” from where things were at a “few weeks ago”, and the “50-50″ likely hinges on whether or no Lloyd is willing to take that pay cut. His option costs $3 million, and the Patriots want to save the money on his base salary.
This makes me wonder if the Patriots have big plans involved, since they are trying to save some cash in small ways. My belief here is that if Lloyd does not take the paycut, then he is gone. If he does, then the Patriots will gladly take him. I wonder, though, how much that sort of a pay cut would be.
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