2012 NFL Free Agents: Will New England Pursue Rams WR Brandon Lloyd?

Staying with the St. Louis Rams might not be that bad for wide receiver Brandon Lloyd.

It's strange to think of Brandon Lloyd as a member of the St. Louis Rams. He played here for an 11-game stretch, and is now set to be a free agent this year. At one point, he made it clear that he would like to continue playing for Josh McDaniels, now with New England. When the Rams hired Jeff Fisher, Lloyd opened his stance, letting it be known that he was open to that option as well. A recent update from Pro Football Weekly speculates that the Patriots could still pursue Lloyd.

It comes in a mock draft from Nolan Nawrocki, the guy who famously trashed Cam Newton prior to last year's draft, one of many to trash Newton. When you read his comment, which comes in the explanation of the Rams picking Justin Blackmon second, it sounds like he's just regurgitating Lloyd's past statements, not having updated his narrative.

The Patriots have a number of issues to address during the offseason, starting with a free agent of their own, Wes Welker. That doesn't automatically rule out Lloyd reuniting with McDaniels, but it does make for a complicating factor in Lloyd's future with McDaniels.

We'll see what happens. The Rams would be well-advised to try and re-sign Lloyd, while still scouring the draft for wide receivers in the first and second round. Of course, the Patriots can offer him a chance to get to the Super Bowl and work with Tom Brady.

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