The St. Louis Rams have acquired veteran WR Brandon Lloyd from the Denver Broncos in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick, the team announced Monday.
“I’m extremely excited about the opportunity to join the Rams,” Lloyd said. “I’m very familiar with the offense and I’m looking forward to playing for Coach (Steve) Spagnuolo and working with (Offensive Coordinator) Josh McDaniels again. Sam Bradford is a talented young quarterback and I know I’m really going to enjoy playing with him as well.”
In four games with the Broncos this season, Lloyd caught 19 passed for 283 yards. In 2010, the Kansas City, Mo. native registered 77 catches for an NFL best 1,448 yards and scored 11 touchdowns to earn Pro Bowl honors. In nine NFL seasons, Lloyd’s totals include 260 receptions, 4,101 yards and 26 touchdowns.
Lloyd originally entered the NFL as a fourth-round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers in 2003. He’s spent time with Redskins and Bears in addition to tenures in San Francisco and Denver. Prior to his NFL career, Lloyd was an All-Big Ten selection at Illinois.
Rams GM Billy Devaney said this about the arrival of Lloyd and his relationship with his former head coach Josh McDaniels, not the Rams offensive coordinator.
“He’s made a lot of big plays in the NFL. We saw him up close last year in Denver and he’s got size, good hands, polished route runner. He’s got a knack for making a big play, so we’re going to put him in the mix and off we go. Sure. That helps tremendously. There shouldn’t be any kind of a learning curve, so hopefully he gets in here and it’s up to him and the coaches to see how quickly he gets out there.”