BOSTON (CBS) — Brandon Lloyd is doing everything he can to get New England’s attention, only stopping short of wearing a Patriots foam finger and screaming, “Pick me!”
The free-agent wide receiver stated months ago that he hoped to once again play in Josh McDaniels’ offense, and he reiterated that feeling when speaking this week with CSNNE’s Tom E. Curran.
“Very interested,” Lloyd told Curran on CSNNE. “And like I said earlier, I admire Coach Bill [Belichick], I admire Tom Brady, I admire how they run things over there. I think for any receiver to be considered to come in and play on the New England Patriots is gonna be excited just because of the history of success. I’m sure once they start talking to Mike Wallace or Vincent Jackson, they’re going to have the same excitement. I think it’s just different for me because I do have an immediate connection with Coach McDaniels, and I have had two years of success with him.”
Working under McDaniels in Denver and St. Louis for 27 games, Lloyd caught 128 passes for 2,131 yards, leading the league in 2010 with 1,448 yards. He also caught 16 touchdowns.
Lloyd told CSNNE that he’s not looking to break the bank in free agency but is instead focusing on winning.
“Winning is definitely the highest priority,” said Lloyd, whose teams have gone 50-94 with just one playoff appearance. “I’ve been in the league for 10 years now, and I don’t look at the NFL as a place where I can hoard money and get as much money as I possibly can. … It’s a career. I’ve put together a nice career and I think that I want to be put in a position to where I can get in the playoffs and see my talents on that stage and be able to help the team move forward in the playoffs. That’s the No. 1 goal.
“I’m pretty happy with where I am financially, and I really want to be with the right fit.”
As to the right fit being in New England, Lloyd made it seem as though it’s going to happen by using “when” rather than “if.”
“When it’s official, then I’ll really start visualizing and picturing myself there, and seeing how things could work out,” he said.