Re: Why can't this guy find work?
posted at 9/8/2013 9:19 AM EDT
In response to rkarp's comment:
Report: Former Patriots WR Brandon Lloyd May be Retiring
By Greg Knopping Receiver Brandon Lloyd, released by the Patriots earlier this offseason after one so-so season with the team, could be retiring at the age of 32.
The New England Patriots moved on from Brandon Lloyd this offseason after the veteran receiver completed just one year of a three year deal he signed in the Spring of 2012. Now, after going unsigned for nearly six months, it appears that he could be retiring. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports:
Lloyd, 32, performed so-so for the Patriots last season, grabbing 74 receptions for 911 yards and four touchdowns. However, he struggled to pickup yardage after the catch, and never emerged into the deep threat the Patriots thought he would. When coupling his average performance with a high salary cap hit ($3 million) and possible locker room troubles, the Patriots decided to move on.
Now it appears that his up-and-down career could be coming to an end sooner than anyone could have expected.
Meanwhile, the Patriots could have as many as four rookies catching passes for them tomorrow against the BIlls.
Aging average sized WRs in the NFL who have a hard time separating from more agile, athletic and quicker DBs aren't highly valued commodities in the league. Brandon runs 4.62 at best now. On the outside? Thats not gonna cut it. The speed bar rises almost yearly in the NFL and slower than 4.5 for a shorter WR is near certain death. Maybe if he were 6'3"+ and had a physical advantage in size he could linger a bit longer, ya know, like TO or somebody, but not average size and slow. At best he gets a pick up from desperate teams who are decimated at WR. Otherwise, he has no market anymore. TB made him look servicable last year as he does with any WR due to his uncanny accuracey, but with a lesser QB, Brandon looks slow, small, scared of contact, and plain old. No need to get into his attitude.........