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The New England Patriots decided to part ways with wide receiver Brandon Lloyd on Saturday night by releasing him. Lloyd was owed a $3 million roster bonus on Saturday and the Patriots released him before that bonus went into effect, according to Boston.com.
The 31-year-old had the second-most receptions and yards in his career last year, finishing with with 74 and 911 respectively. However, his total of just four touchdown catches may not have been appealing enough for the Pats. He also had trouble with yards after the catch and staying on his feet when catching the ball. Sure, he made some spectacular catches, but he was not always on the same page with Tom Brady and that was one of the real problems with the wideout.
Another major problem was Lloyd’s attitude in the locker room. According to some Globe sources, he was not the most well-liked guy in the locker room and had inconsistent behaviors on the practice field too. This negative attitude is what likely led to Bill Belichick ultimately deciding on cutting the receiver. Also, the fact that they could not reach a restructured deal before the deadline led to his ultimate release.
The Patriots have options at the wide receiver position with the recent signing of Danny Amendola. They also have options with Donte Stallworth and Deion Branch to come back with the team, but Lloyd still has a chance to be back on this squad.
With Lloyd’s hands and ability to stay inbounds, the Patriots need to really ponder whether or not to re-sign him on a reduced contract for a year or two. His attitude may be the deal-breaker, but he still has the mindset of a player wanting to prove his worth on a contender.
Without a receiver like Lloyd, the Patriots will have to look at other options to pick up almost 1,000 yards and that will be tough if they are spending most of their money on defense. All that really needs to happen is that Robert Kraft needs to see how well the market is for Lloyd and if his stock does not rise, then make sure to negotiate a smaller contract for the veteran before someone else steals him in free agency.