Curran: Let the Lloyd courtship begin

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Curran: Let the Lloyd courtship begin

Bill, Floyd, Nick -- whoever is in charge ofpokingnumbers into their cell and opening up free agent conversations -- Tom says it's your move. You want to make Brandon Lloyd a happy man? Want to make an already explosive offense even more dangerous with a bona-fide outside threat?Want to add the complement to Gronknandez and Welker that Chad Ochocinco couldn't be for the 6 million you paid him in 2011? Want to make sure that the coach-quarterback combo gets to either New Orleans or northern New Jersey in the next two Februarys and cements their legacy as the most accomplished in NFL history? Step one is making the call. Because Tom Condon says he will stand down. The superagent that you got pissed off at in 2004 when he refused to do a six-year rookie deal for Benjamin Watson -- the one agent powerful enough to say, "Screw the Patriots, I ain't dealing with them . . ." has a client who wants to be here and that you need. And Condon says he'll do what's in his client's best interests. He spoke to the Boston Herald. Ego checked, Patriots. Your turn. After a couple of days dodging phone calls, Condon -- leader of the football arm of CAA and agent for many of the NFL's luminaries like Peyton Manning and Drew Brees- said that his client Brandon Lloyd would "like to be with Josh (McDaniels)."Hearkening back to the 2004 negotiations (here's a look at the situation I did for the ProJo back in August of that year), Condon added, I may never like them and they may never like me, but I appreciate that theyre smart guys who usually get what they want. I usually get what I want, too, and what I want is what my client wants. If Bill Belichick finds it too distasteful, he can let Floyd Reese make the call. Or Nick Caserio might be the guy. Hell, Jonathan or Robert Kraft can ease the process if necessary. Go along to get along and all that. But here's the simple truth. Wide receiver has been the New England Patriots blind spot more than any other position. In 2006, the Patriots cut off their nose to spite their face, traded Tom Brady's most reliable target to Seattle rather than keep Deion Branch happy and they paid the price. With Reche Caldwell, Doug Gabriel and Watson as the main targets, that team was moments from a Super Bowl appearance. Add Branch? Add a ring. They've swung and missed on Chad Jackson, Taylor Price and Brandon Tate in the draft; flailed and failed at Ocho and Joey Galloway, etc. They hit on Randy Moss and Wes Welker but both guys were pulled out of the bargain bin. It's time to ante up for a legit wideout. In Lloyd you have a talented player in his prime ready to work for an offensive coordinator who can vouch for him. The impediments to a deal are falling away. Free agency begins in less than a month. How the mercurial Lloyd would fit in the Patriots locker room, how much the wideout -- who's never had a "cash in" deal -- may want when he actually sits down and thinks about it . . . those are questions that need answering. But Condon says he won't get in the way of business being done. The gloves are off. Let the Lloyd love in.

Mayo: Patriots QB situation has him thinking back to 2008

Mayo: Patriots QB situation has him thinking back to 2008

Jerod Mayo looks at the looming quarterback situation for the Patriots and can’t help thinking back to his rookie season.

The former Patriots linebacker who graduated (ahem) to co-hosting “Quick Slants” with me on Monday nights, was asked how drastic the impact of Brady’s four-game suspension will be.

“I still remember 2008, my rookie year, in the first game of the season against the Kansas City Chiefs and Tom tears his ACL,” said Mayo. “Matt Cassel, at the same point, had zero starts just like Jimmy Garoppolo and we won 11 games. I know we missed the playoffs, but we still won 11 games and that’s something.”

Asked what the message Bill Belichick gave the team in the wake of Brady’s injury and what Mayo anticipates the message being now, Mayo answered, “Honestly, it’s so cliché but it’s that ‘next man up’ mentality and the depth of the team that Bill Belichick builds, you just can’t top it.”

Later in the show, Mayo indicated he wouldn’t be surprised if the team did add a little more quarterback depth in camp. In 2015, the team brought on both Ryan Lindley and Matt Flynn as a cushion behind Brady and Garoppolo.  

Report: Benintendi ‘front man’ in Chris Sale trade talks

Report: Benintendi ‘front man’ in Chris Sale trade talks

Any Red Sox trade discussions the past few weeks have pretty much begun and ended with their top two prospects, second baseman Yoan Moncada and outfielder Andrew Benintendi.

As the Red Sox continue their search for starting pitching, those two names keep coming up. So, naturally, comes a report Tuesday that puts Benintendi at the center of a deal for Chicago White Sox left-handed ace Chris Sale. 

Andrew Benintendi “could be the front man in a multi-player Chris Sale trade if talks progress,” according to Chicago-based mlb.com columnist Phil Rogers. 

With top pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza dealt to the Padres in trade for Drew Pomeranz, the question is, would Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski further deplete his prospect reserve by dealing Benintendi, the 2015 first-round pick out of Arkansas who is hitting .276 with six homers and 36 RBI in 58 games at Double-A Portland? 

The Red Sox' performance is the next six games until the Aug. 1 trade deadline may hold the answer.