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NFL Trade Rumors: Thinking About Brandon Lloyd

Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd of the Denver Broncos gets named in trade talk today.
Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd of the Denver Broncos gets named in trade talk today.

With the St. Louis Rams dealing with an 0-4 start to the season that can best be described as disappointing, there is some wonder whether or not Steve Spagnuolo can get his team turned around in time to at least make things competitive in the NFC West. Injuries have wrecked the Rams roster. The loss of Danny Amendola was a big blow to the offense, leaving a weak group of wide receivers for second-year quarterback Sam Bradford. Trade talk is happening already with the NFL trade deadline looming on October 18. 

One move that has been suggested for the St. Louis Rams is acquiring Denver wide receiver Brandon Lloyd. Evan Silva at NBC Sports made the suggestion on Twitter today.

#Rams ought to put in call about Brandon Lloyd before trade deadline. Lloyd in last year of deal, hard to imagine #Broncos committing big $.
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It's tempting to think about after watching the Rams passing game struggle mightily to start the season. Lloyd knows McDaniels' offensive system, having rejuvenated his career under McDaniels in Denver. That would give him an advantage over Mark Clayton, who returns from the PUP list after next week's game against the Packers

If Clayton can reestablish the connection he had with Sam Bradford prior to his injury last year, he could combine with Lloyd to improve the Rams group of receivers. Lloyd has 19 catches for 283 yards and no touchdowns this season; he has topped the 100-yard mark just once, against Green Bay in week four. 

Would Lloyd be available? Silva thinks he might, since he's in the last year of his contract. Denver might not be willing to put money into retaining him, and they do have former first-round pick Demaryius Thomas and Eddie Royal coming back after their bye in week six. The Rams might not have to surrender much in the way of compensation, a mid to late-round pick perhaps.

It's probably a stretch, and if the Rams do any trading, they ought to make cornerback their top priority. The other question to ask the Rams at the trade deadline, is just how much they should sacrifice with the season where it is.