No surprise here, as this has been reported to be coming for months now. Lloyd will certainly be a more effective weapon than either of Deion Branch or Chad Ochocinco were last year.
We have him listed as the #19 best available free agent in our Top 50 Free Agents list.
Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe reports that the Patriots are “close” to reaching a deal with WR Brandon Lloyd.
This has been a speculative option for months now since Josh McDaniels left for New England following the end of the regular season. The Patriots have been checking in on a number of veteran receiving options in recent weeks including Reggie Wayne. So far Lloyd has visited with the San Francisco 49ers but nothing appears to be imminent. It’s a pretty safe guess that Lloyd will end up playing for the Patriots next season.