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2012 NFL Free Agents: Brandon Lloyd Open To Re-Signing With The Rams

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Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd indicated a willingness to remain with the St. Louis Rams in 2012.
Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd indicated a willingness to remain with the St. Louis Rams in 2012.

The St. Louis Rams might not lose Brandon Lloyd this offseason after all. In an appearance on 101 ESPN radio on Tuesday, Lloyd indicated a willingness to stick around in St. Louis, if he fits into the offensive scheme employed by Jeff Fisher and whoever he hires as an offensive coordinator. That's good news for the Rams.

Lloyd is schedule to be a free agent this year. He once spoke of following Josh McDaniels, but the Patriots may have other needs during the offseason, including re-signing Wes Welker.

What changed?

At the end of the season, Lloyd stated a preference to continue playing for Josh McDaniels, who resurrected his career with the Denver Broncos. He discussed those comments during the interview, softening his stance, and indicating a willingness to continue playing with Sam Bradford, so long as his skills would fit with the team's new direction.

That might depend on who they hire to be the offensive coordinator. The two leading candidates so far, Brian Scottenheimer and Hue Jackson, would seem to work well with what Lloyd has to offer. Both have a track record using deep threat receivers. Jackson was even able to breath life into Raiders wide receiver Darius Heyward-Bey, long considered a bust since being drafted in 2009. DHB tripled his career numbers under Jackson, catching 64 passes for 975 yards and four touchdowns.

If the Rams can keep Lloyd, it helps address their need at receiver, making them less desperate to reach in the draft or plunk down big dollars for a free agent.

Lloyd had 51 catches, 683 yards and five touchdowns in 11 games with the Rams, leading the team in all categories.

Lloyd, Danny Amendola, and Greg Salas could be a good starting point for the receivers. Adding a bigger, more consistent threat on the outside would complement that group nicely. The others on the roster, including Danario Alexander and Austin Pettis could fight for a spot on the depth chart.