At this time last year, rumors were swirling about Brandon Lloyd‘s potential addition to the Patriots receiving corps. Just one so-so season later, though, it appears the team might be in the process of parting ways with the wayward receiver.
Lloyd, who is set to turn 32 this summer, enjoyed some relative productivity during his first season in New England. He finished second on the team with 74 catches and 911 yards to go along with four touchdowns on the year. That sort of production would seem to merit the $4.5 million salary cap hit he holds for next season, but the Patriots seem a bit uncertain about his future with the team.
While productive, Lloyd’s “erratic” behavior off the field seemed to raise some red flags and supposedly has him on the outs with Bill Belichick and the coaching staff.
Lloyd is due a $3 million roster bonus on March 17, so the next 10 days, which include the first days of the NFL free agency period, will be critical in determining whether he returns next season.
The Patriots already have a tough decision to make on Welker’s future, but it would seem that Lloyd’s status is just as much in question.