According to multiple reports, the San Francisco 49ers have entered unchartered territory as they are reportedly interested in current free-agent WR Brandon Lloyd. The 10-year veteran sat out the entire 2013 season as no team picked him up and therefore was left watching games on Sundays from his home. However, that may all change as Lloyd may come back to where his NFL began in San Francisco.
An electrifying playmaker who can easily snare one-handed catches while being a solid deep-threat, Lloyd would be a nice addition to the 49ers receiving core. In three seasons in San Francisco, Lloyd played in 45 games while racking up 105 catches for 1,510 receiving yards, and 13 touchdowns. And despite those stats not being eye-popping his ability to stretch the field is as he has proven to be a valuable asset when given the opportunity.
In 2010 with the Denver Broncos, Lloyd had a career season in which he amassed 77 catches for 1,448 receiving yards, and 11 touchdowns. The following season he had 70 catches for 966 receiving yards and five touchdowns while finishing 2012 with 74 catches for 911 receiving yards and four touchdowns. A player that would be a viable No. 3 option, it’s no surprise the 49ers are in the market for a serviceable wide receiver as they missed out on WR Julian Edelman, WR Emmanuel Sanders, and WR DeSean Jackson earlier.
Originally a 2003 fourth-round draft pick (No. 124), it will be interesting to see if this fighting Illini can prove his worth a second time around as WR A.J. Jenkins couldn’t get the job done.