The Denver Broncos will trade wide receiver Brandon Lloyd to the St. Louis Rams, NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora reports, citing a league source.
It was widely reported last week the Broncos were open to dealing Lloyd and shopped around ahead of Tuesday's trade deadline. The Rams, San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots were all known to be in discussions with the Broncos, sources told The Denver Post.
Lloyd, 30, is scheduled to make $1.395 million this season. He led the league last season with 1,448 yards on 77 receptions and scored 11 touchdowns.
Lloyd has 19 catches for 283 yards and no touchdowns this season.
The Rams offense has struggled getting off the ground, and Josh McDaniels is obviously familiar with Brandon Lloyd from his time in Denver. Lloyd should step in as the WR1, but we don't see a mid-season change of scenery as a huge boost to his fantasy value.
Danario Alexander will likely be the two with Brandon Gibson taking a back seat and Mike Sims-Walker (healthy scratch) possibly being released. Mark Clayton doesn't look to be a factor at this point. This could help Sam Bradford, but could take some time. One thing the Rams do have going for them is an easier schedule moving forward.
This is good news for Eric Decker in Denver, and also could be a signal that 2nd year WR Demaryius Thomas is ready to make an impact.