It started on Sunday afternoon, with Jay Glazer reporting that several teams were interested in acquiring the services of Broncos receiver Brandon Lloyd.
It continued Monday morning, with The Denver Post reporting that Lloyd was told that he didn't have to report to the team facility. The assumption was that a trade was near.
The assumption became a fact when multiple news outlets, including Pro Football Talk, reported that Lloyd had been traded to the St. Louis Rams.
More pieces to the puzzle came out when ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted that the Broncos would receive a conditional fifth-round pick dependent upon whether Lloyd reeled in 30 or more catches for the remainder of the season.
It's surprising the Broncos weren't able to get more for Lloyd. He was the league's leader in receiving yards in 2010 with 1,448 on 77 receptions, 11 of which went for touchdowns, and the Rams are desperate for a spark on offense, as they currently carry the league's lowest point total in 2011 with just 49 through five games.
According to NFL.com, Lloyd is scheduled to make $1.395 million this season, which is the final year on his contract. Negotiations on a new deal with the Rams are likely forthcoming, though nothing has been reported as of yet.