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49ers to Sign Brandon Lloyd


The San Francisco 49ers are in talks with Brandon Lloyd to potentially bring him back to the Bay Area, per Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area. Lloyd came into the league as a fourth-round draft pick by the 49ers, who traded him after three decent years to Washington. Lloyd has been around the block a few times with the Broncos, Rams and Patriots before sitting out last season. At 33, Lloyd is by no means young, but he appears to still have some talent and ability left in the tank.

Is Lloyd a potential answer at wide receiver? Long term, obviously not–but neither is Anquan Boldin. After sitting out a year, however, Lloyd will probably not be an expensive option. The 49ers were not able to get any other free agent receivers for a good deal, so Lloyd may be a good deal and a solid pickup. With Quinton Patton and a probable rookie fighting for the number 3 receiver spot, Lloyd would have to prove his worth. Do not expect a deal to be longer than two years, with any contract likely only being one, without much guaranteed to allow the 49ers flexibility to release Lloyd should he not gain the third receiver spot.

Ultimately, such a deal would seem to make sense. It would provide the 49ers another option at a position of great need and potentially some flexibility to draft a receiver that needs to develop a bit more.

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