The Patriots have reached an agreement with free agent wide receiver Brandon Lloyd on a contract, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. (UPDATE, 9:22 p.m.: Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network reports the deal is worth three years and $12 million.)
The 30-year-old Lloyd, who has averaged 74 catches a season the last two years, has been connected to the Patriots throughout the free agent process for several reasons, not the least of which included his well-known fondness for Josh McDaniels, the New England offensive coordinator who had worked with Lloyd in Denver and St. Louis.
Over the course of his nine-year career in the NFL, the Illinois product has caught 311 passes for 4,784 yards and 31 touchdowns. His best season came in 2010 when he pulled in 77 passes for 1,448 yards and 11 touchdowns with the Broncos.
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