The anemic Rams' offense should get a boost from the addition of Brandon Lloyd. (Brace Hemmelgarn/US Presswire)
The Broncos and Rams set the trade deadline ball in motion Monday afternoon, agreeing to a deal that sends wide receiver Brandon Lloyd to St. Louis, in exchange for a conditional sixth-round pick. The pick can become a fifth-rounder, if Lloyd catches 30 balls over the rest of the season.
The price tag is relatively low for Lloyd, who has 18 catches for 283 yards this season and is coming off a 1,448-yard, 11-TD year.
That 2010 production came under then-Broncos head coach and current Rams offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, so Lloyd's addition to the St. Louis lineup should provide its struggling offense a boost. The Rams have scored just two touchdowns in their past three games, and their leading receiver, Brandon Gibson, has only 17 grabs on the season.
For Denver, which recently made the switch from Kyle Orton to Tim Tebow at quarterback, the trade is another indication that the Broncos have turned their attention to the future.
Lloyd's contract is up after the 2011 season -- there appeared to be little chance that Denver would resign him.
St. Louis, on the other hand, figures to extend Lloyd an extension offer, assuming things don't fall apart from the get-go. Lloyd should fill the role of No. 1 receiver for the Rams, especially with Danny Amendola on injured reserve, and his presence could make Gibson, Danario Alexander and rookie Greg Salas better.