I was just wondering why nobody is mentioning Brandon Lloyd's name when they are talking about potential WR's for the Bills in free agency. From what I've seen of him in Denver, and even in St. Louis for that matter, he is a huge target with some of the best hands, no wait, the best hands in the NFL right now. He consistently gets down field and continues to make amazing plays on the ball. I feel he would be the best WR we could have a chance for in the offseason.
Now I'm not sure if he is a free agent this year but from what I've been hearing he is not expected back in St. Louis this year, my guess would be he played out the remainder of his contract that carried over from Denver in the trade, but I'll need your guys help to clarify what is going on with his contract. If the opportunity arises that we can get him I would say forget everyone else and make him the top priority WR in free agency. My reasons for this are he has the most upside of any other free agent WR, he has all the tools Buddy and most of us have said we need to add to our current WR core, and he could come at a cheaper price then some of the other free agent WRs, points that I will further explain after the jump.
I'll start with the point that I expect most of my fellow rumblers to disagree to a point, I billieve that he has the most upside of any available WR this year, for the record I don't foresee DeSean Jackson or Pierre Garcon making to free agency. I live in Las Vegas and being that I'm on the west coast (thank God for Sunday ticket) I've seen a lot of him while he was in Denver. He has an uncanny ability to go up and get the ball no matter the defender, also he is tall and has good speed to get open down the field. Now with D. Jackson (franchised) and P. Garcon (resigned) back with their respective teams that would mean that the main targets left would be V.Jackson, D.Bowe, and M.Colston, I don't feel there is another WR I would consider to be at that level. Of the remaining three he is younger than D.Bowe and has never had alligator arms like I have seen from Bowe when hes not happy, could say the same for V.Jackson too, Colston I would consider a good consolation prize but I think he is a product of the system and Brees, he could become great but why take a chance when Brandon has proved he is great on any team.
Buddy Nix has stated that he wants a guy who is open even when hes not, well I think we've all seen some of the spectacular catches he's made while having a defender draped over him like Superman's cape. As I mentioned earlier his size and speed is a great compliment to the rest of our WRs, as long as we resign Stevie which we better do.
With my final point I feel for some reason he is not being talked about this offseason and might be able to sign him the way the Bills like, without having to be involved in a bidding war. This all depends on what is up with his contract situation, but if he does become a free agent with all the big names out there he would fly a bit under the radar and teams might not be involved if they like another guy better. I feel this would allow Buffalo to offer him a fair but good deal and be firmly in the mix. I won't try and go all GM with a deal they could offer him because I am just not qualified to do so, but I think adding him to the Bills roster would give us one of the best one two punches at WR and allow us to focus on Defense in the draft, I would love to hear some thoughts from you guys on this and maybe some good insight on why he has been so under the radar this offseason.