The San Francisco 49ers added another veteran wideout to the mix Tuesday with the signing of Brandon Lloyd to a one-year deal. No contract numbers have leaked, to this point, but there will likely be very little guaranteed, especially as Lloyd does not play special teams and will pretty much have to lock up at least the number 4 receiver spot to have his job past August.
Assuming this is the financial case, the 49ers made a smart move in picking up Lloyd. Though he did not play last season, the former 49er, Redskin, Bronco, and most recently Patriot has been a consistent threat for his quarterback. Though he has only broken 1000 yards once, with the Broncos in 2010, Lloyd had over 900 yards from Tom Brady in 2012.
Lloyd also brings another strong veteran presence to the locker room, something that no doubt could help a still-young 49ers offense (Frank Gore and Anquan Boldin excluded, of course). Hopefully Lloyd will be able to add some spark in the number 3 or 4 wideout spot, but more importantly, perhaps he can assist in the development, both mentally and physically, of Quinton Patton, Jonathan Baldwin, and whomever rookie(s) the 49ers bring in. There is very little down-side to this signing, so hey, why not get excited?