Thursday, March 28, 2013
Did Patriots close door on Brandon Lloyd?
By James Walker
The New England Patriots added another wide receiver to the mix by signing 10-year veteran Michael Jenkins, ESPNBoston.com reports. He is 6-foot-4, 214 pounds and provides a big target on the outside for New England quarterback Tom Brady.
Jenkins spent the past two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. He caught 40 passes for 449 yards and two touchdowns last season in eight starts. But perhaps the biggest question is what does this mean for former New England receiver Brandon Lloyd?
The Patriots wanted to keep Lloyd but recently cut him because they didn't want to pay his $3 million roster bonus. Some thought that Lloyd might return at a cheaper price, especially if other teams didn't show much interest.
But Thursday’s signing of Jenkins could be a sign that the Patriots are moving on from Lloyd -- at least for now. New England also signed former Buffalo Bills starting receiver Donald Jones and slot receiver Danny Amendola in free agency.
It's not a particularly strong receiver group. But New England’s strength next year will be with tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.