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.