Receiver Brandon Lloyd might not be retained by the Patriots, who are tired of his “erratic behavior in the locker room and on the practice field,” according to a report from Boston Globe NFL writer Greg Bedard.
Bedard, speaking with Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday morning, explained that the frustration with Lloyd extends throughout the organization.
“Everybody [is sick of Lloyd],” Bedard said. “I was surprised at that. I hadn’t really heard that until I talked to a bunch of people this week. If you polled people in the Patriots organization, from the coaches to the players, I’d say a good majority of them would not want Brandon Lloyd back.
“He wasn’t terrible, but he’s just so inconsistent — not only on the field, but personality-wise. It just grinds on you after a while.”
The Patriots were careful to build protection into the deal they signed with Lloyd last offseason, knowing his history of alienating coaches and teammates. If they cut Lloyd now, they can avoid paying him a $3 million option bonus and save $4.9 million against the cap in 2013, according to Bedard.
Bedard said the Patriots will meet after the scouting combine to determine a plan, but they can’t make a move yet because they are so thin at wide receiver.
“There will be some people in the organization who say, ‘Look, we can’t line up tomorrow at wide receiver, so we need to pick up Brandon’s option.’ And I’m sure one of those people is Josh McDaniels. He obviously vouched for Brandon, bringing him in there. And he’s also the offensive coordinator, and I’m sure he’s not thrilled with the prospect of bringing in a bunch of wide receivers who don’t know this system.
“It’s going to be an interesting debate. I know that most people would like to move on from Brandon Lloyd. At the end of the day, will they be allowed to? I’m not so sure.”
Lloyd, who played under McDaniels in Denver and St. Louis, had 74 receptions for 911 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games this past season. In two playoff games, he had 12 catches for 102 yards and one touchdown. He has especially been criticized for his lack of yardage after the catch. But it’s his personality that appears to be the bigger issue.
“You talk to people with the Rams, you talk to people with the Broncos, you hear these same tales that he’s just inconsistent [in his behavior],” Bedard said. “We knew this when he was coming here. … This is why he’s well-traveled. I think he’s a good guy. He’s just different. How long can you put up with that? I think it really grated on some people this year.”
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