Re: As i suggested in a another thread, it may be wise given the cap to drop lloyd, mike reiss speculates the same today
posted at 2/11/2013 10:06 AM EST
Just on the 'cap hit' part of this discussion - teams can designate a cut player as a June xx cut - not sure of the exact date, but it allows a team to spread dead money equally between the current year and the following year so yes dead money can be manipulated somewhat.
I am not sure what the option bonus is and what kind of guarantees are in the contract (nor does any other source based on the widely different dead money numbers from different sites.) But, I do know this...
There are no interesting FA WRs available that are looking for a contract in the 3.5M range which is the maximum available salary saving from cutting Lloyd. And a few facts:
In comparison to Dieon Branch - his production in 2012 (first year with Brady) was better than any year Branch has produced since 2005 by a huge amount and comparable to Branch's 2005 numbers - after which Branch signed a huge contract in Seattle.
In comparison to all receiver including TE, he ranked 28th in yds and 22 in catches. And most if not all of tthe receivers above him were either playing on rookie contracts or getting paid a heck of a lot more than he was.
People here complain that the Pats pass too much and should run more. Not sure how many passes you want Brady to attempt, but given that the Pats offense was number one in yds and points and number 4 in passing, not sure how much more production you need. And when you have your other WR with 118 receptions, your TEs combining for over 110, and your RBs at over 50 have Lloyd come in with 74 seems pretty amazing!
Finally - do not have the numbers to prove it, but it certainly seemed he got more production in the second half of the year than the first as he and TB got more comfortable with each other. Seems to me the Pats got pretty much what they expected from Lloyd. We could all hope he was a huge down field threat, but he never has been a Randy Moss type WR.
And besides finding someone in the draft, I just don't see anyone in the same ball park on production available at his price. And as for current roster ... there are no WRs except Slater currently.