Posted Thu Oct 13th by Jon Heath
The NFL’s trade deadline is next Tuesday. Let the rumors begin!
Earlier today, Kyle noted in the daily links that the Broncos may try to deal linebacker D.J. Williams and wide receiver Brandon Lloyd on the trading block. Late this afternoon, Mike Klis of the Denver Post reported that Lloyd is in fact on the trading block.
Per Klis, there are three or four teams that are currently interested in Lloyd, the Tennessee Titans and Carolina Panthers among them (I can just imagine Cam Newton having Steve Smith and Lloyd as his two main receivers!). Getting value for Lloyd now would be a good move for the Broncos, as he will be a free agent after this season.
The Broncos are reportedly looking for a 3rd-4th round draft selection in exchange for Lloyd, which could help them in rebuilding their defensive unit. Lloyd will probably be asking for more money than the Broncos are willing to give him next offseason, so it’s not surprising that the team is shopping him.
As Klis pointed out, the Broncos will also have receivers Demaryius Thomas and Eddie Royal back from injury following the bye, solidifying Denver’s receiving corps with Eric Decker‘s emergence. With quarterback Tim Tebow under center, the Broncos will also have a run oriented offense, one which will have no need for a high-paid receiver that gets disgruntled when not receiving the ball.
Personally, I think the Broncos should make this happen. Lloyd is 30 years old and has only one notable season in nine years — his value will never be as high as it is now. Rather than letting him walk next offseason, why not get another draft selection for him now?