DENVER - DECEMBER 26: Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd #84 of the Denver Broncos celebrates after a 41-yard reception against corner back Jason Allen #30 of the Houston Texans during the third quarter at INVESCO Field at Mile High on December 26 2010 in Denver Colorado. The Denver Broncos defeated the Houston Texans 24-23. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
If you haven't voted on the "Should the Jaguars trade for Brandon Lloyd" poll, please do so. Personally if I were the Jacksonville Jaguars, I would offer up a 4th round pick for Brandon Lloyd. The only teams named interested in trading for the Denver Broncos wide receiver are the Carolina Panthers and Tennessee Titans. For a team like the Titans, it's a stop-gap move to replace an injured Kenny Britt, who the Titans lost for the season. For the Jaguars, Lloyd would be a multi-year stop gap player.
Currently, Lloyd is making $1.395 million for 2011 and is a free agent in 2012. I would give up a 4th round pick for Lloyd, and then try to sign him to a 3-year contract similar to what the Jaguars gave to Mike Thomas, around $18 million with $7-9 million guaranteed. It's a gamble for a 30-year old wide receiver, but Lloyd finally hit his stride last season and is on pace for similar numbers this season. Lloyd would immediately be the best receiver on the Jaguars and free up coverage on Mike Thomas. Not only that, but it lets the Jaguars open 2012 with a potential lineup of Brandon Lloyd, Mike Thomas, a first round pick at wide receiver, Marcedes Lewis, and Maurice Jones-Drew to go with a 22-year old Blaine Gabbert entering his second season.
I don't think the Jaguars will be in play, but I can't think of a reason why they shouldn't be. We all know I'm not typically a "trade for this player!" person, but in this instance I think it would help the Jaguars not only this year, but the next 2-3 years. The Jaguars certainly have the cap room and if it's just a 4th round pick, the risk is minimal.