It’s no secret that the Rams are in need of help at receiver, and news on Brandon Lloyd hit the wire on Monday. Jason LaCanfora reported early in the day that the Rams will not be placing the franchise tag on Lloyd for the upcoming season. Lloyd commented that he would be open to returning to the Rams whether it be under the franchise tag or with a contract, but there is also strong interest from the New England Patriots in reuniting Lloyd with OC Josh McDaniels.
I find the Lloyd situation to be very intriguing. It’s been my assertion that the Rams are in desperate need of an upgrade at receiver, and that’s assuming Lloyd stays in the fold. I really liked what he did last season, and I would love to see him back with the team in the coming year. With that being said, I think it’s smart for the team to stay conservative here. Lloyd is good, but I don’t believe he’s a true number one-type player. If he wants to get paid like a top guy, it might be wise to let him walk if he can get that money elsewhere. If he can be had for a reasonable price, I say bring him back. If he can get more money from someone else, I won’t be heartbroken to see someone overpay him.
I’m certainly not saying to let him walk without a fight, but the team has to be smart here. Getting Lloyd back would be great, but not if it stops us from bringing in someone through the draft or free agency who can truly be that top guy we so desperately need.