New England Patriots receiver Brandon Lloyd (85) reacts after a first down in the fourth quarter during the AFC Divisional Round playoff game against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Texans 41-28. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Lloyd rejected offers from Patriots, Jets, at least four others

The New England Patriots made a wise decision to not pay Brandon Lloyd $5 million to keep him around for another year, because he only caught 56.5% of his passes and did not have the efficiency and talent to justify spending that much money for one season of mediocre play. Lloyd was really upgraded this offseason, as the Patriots made an overhaul at the position by getting younger and deeper, even if it means having several question marks in the short-term.

But the Patriots didn’t rule out bringing back Brandon Lloyd, because Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reports that Lloyd rejected “at least” six free agent offers this year. Florio named the Patriots, New York Jets, and San Francisco 49ers as among those teams, and it’s no surprise to hear that the Jets were interested. They still have significant issues at WR, and a relatively steady veteran like Lloyd (steady in terms of play, possibly not mentally) would have been a big upgrade for them. Signing Lloyd wouldn’t make much sense from the Patriots perspective, and I highly doubt Lloyd would have wanted to sign with the team that cut him from $5 million of pay.

Lloyd just doesn’t seem to want to play anymore, and I’m surprised he hasn’t officially retired yet. The guy rejected two high-level suitors right there in the Patriots and 49ers, and I think teams should just give up on calling up Lloyd. If he doesn’t want to play, then there’s no sense in bringing him in, especially since he reportedly has minor character concerns (let’s not overblow them). Lloyd’s a decent player, but he’s not good enough to justify bringing in somebody whose heart doesn’t seem to be in the game.

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  • Gary Wolff

    I’ve never spoke to, nor have I heard Lloyd speak. So the following is speculation based on rumor, which typically is worth a pile of dung… Yet hearing that a player rejected offers from two Superbowl potential teams among others, seems to confirm the rumors I’ve heard.
    It’s been rumored that he is socially awkward in the sense that he has trouble just ‘being one of the guys’. Kinda always like your walking on eggshells when interacting with the guy… that is, tension is there and he makes people anxious.
    So maybe he is socially odd or has a phobia of some kind. Given the limited window one has to play in the NFL, assuming one is blessed enough in the first place to have the talent to compete at that level, he might in fact be a bit ‘out there’.
    Of course, perhaps he just lost his fire to compete and work, and has enough bank to not need to subject himself to the rigors of the NFL. The latter is a much more plausible scenario in general, but for Lloyd… I think its in his head, and not is heart.