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Lloyd, Patriots agree to terms

By Shalise Manza-Young
Globe Staff / March 18, 2012
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The Patriots continued to build through free agency Saturday, finally coming to terms with receiver Brandon Lloyd, according to a league source. Another league source confirmed that the Patriots signed defensive lineman/outside linebacker Trevor Scott.

The team also announced that it had signed another receiver, Anthony Gonzalez.

Lloyd, 30, made no secret that he wanted to play for the Patriots, where he would be reunited with Josh McDaniels. Over the last couple of years, Lloyd has had success playing for McDaniels, first in Denver and then the Rams.

NFL Network reported that Lloyd’s deal is for three years and $12 million, reasonable for a player who could be a starter. It also seems to suggest that there wasn’t much of a market for him.

Lloyd’s deal is a bit less than Chad Ochocinco received from the Patriots last year. Ochocinco wasn’t successful in his first season in New England.

With Lloyd in the fold, Ochocinco may not be here much longer. Though Ochocinco tweeted recently that he would be open to renegotiating his contract, according to NFL Players Association records, he is due to make $3 million in base salary this season.

As a result of Lloyd’s history with McDaniels, now back in New England as offensive coordinator, the receiver knows the system and therefore his transition should be smooth.

According to a league source, Scott , 27, was signed for one year. He played in all 16 games for Oakland last year, but his effectiveness was limited; he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in November 2010. Before suffering his injury, Scott was considered a promising young pass rusher, with 12 sacks in his first two seasons.

Scott was a sixth-round draft pick of the Raiders out of Buffalo in 2008. He had a number of roles on defense, and may be able to play on the defensive line and at outside linebacker.

The big question for Gonzalez will be health. A first-round pick of the Colts in 2007, he had 94 receptions in 29 games over his first two seasons, but knee injuries in 2009 and ’10 limited him to just three total games. Last season, he was a healthy scratch on several occasions, and played in eight games without a catch.

Gonzalez is viewed as a depth signing at slot receiver, and raises questions as to Julian Edelman’s future with the Patriots’ offense and whether he might be slated to play more on defense.

The Patriots are expected to host Denver tight end Daniel Fells Monday.

Manning works out

Peyton Manning worked out for the Titans in Knoxville, Tenn. It was the four-time NFL MVP’s third workout last week, following workouts for Denver and San Francisco . . . Former Giants receiver Mario Manningham agreed to terms with the 49ers on a two-year contract, according to his agent, Drew Rosenhaus . . . Quarterback Rex Grossman re-signed with the Redskins for one year and is expected to spend the season helping groom Robert Griffin III . . . The Chiefs agreed to contracts with offensive tackle Eric Winston and quarterback Brady Quinn. . . . Guard Evan Mathis and the Eagles agreed on a five-year contract worth $25.5 million with $7 million guaranteed . . . Longtime Packers center Scott Wells agreed to a contract with the Rams said to be worth four years and $24 million with $13 million guaranteed. The Rams also agreed to terms with defensive lineman Kendall Langford, a four-year starter for the Dolphins . . . The Seahawks agreed to a one-year deal with defensive lineman Jason Jones . . . The Colts signed former Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski.

Greg A. Bedard of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Material from Associated Press was used in this report.

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