Patriots breakdown: Lloyd staying put?

Patriots breakdown: Lloyd staying put?
March 15, 2013, 7:15 pm
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For some, it probably feels like the ground is still spinning after Wes Welker's departure to Denver. Just a few days later it looked like Brandon Lloyd would follow him out the door.

Now, it appears Lloyd's days as a Patriot may not be as numbered as they once seemed. 

Lloyd is owed a $3 million roster bonus this weekend, on top of his $1.9 million salary. In total, Lloyd carries a $4.9 cap hit - a number the Patriots are just as likely to pay this humble writer as they are Lloyd.

Word is now emerging that the Patriots are trying to restructure their deal with Lloyd. And why not?

Lloyd put up a respectable stat line last season, hauling in 74 catches for 911 yards and four touchdowns.

Tom E. Curran believes an agreement by Lloyd to restructure his deal is about the only way he'll stay in New England.

The Pats have an opportunity to keep a nearly 1,000 yard receiver at an extremely affordable rate. And perhaps more importantly, after losing Welker it would be nice to have at least one recognizable receiver to play catch with Tom Brady.

* The Patriots have now lost two scrappy undersized players.

Danny Woodhead agreed Friday to a two-year deal with the San Diego Chargers. The Chargers are likely to use Woodhead as a change of pace back, in a role similar to that fashioned for Darren Sproles.

* The Patriots hosted a number of free agents on Friday, including Emmanuel Sanders, John Abraham and Adrian Wilson.

Sanders could add a nice complement to Brandon Lloyd (if the latter agrees to restructure his deal) in the passing game, and give Brady another established receiver.

Abraham would give the Patriots some much-needed fire on their pass rush, while Wilson would add a veteran presence at the back end of the defense.

Another familiar name floating around the free agent market is Ed Reed.

Reed wrapped up a visit with the Houston Texans and Curran says he would be "stunned and amazed" if the long-time Raven didn't at least "stop by" New England after wrapping up his visit with Houston.

Between Wilson and Reed, the Patriots have an opportunity to add experience to a secondary that was exposed far too often last season.

* The Patriots agreed Friday to a four-year deal with Kyle Arrington worth a reported $16 million.

Arrington played all 16 games for the Patriots last season, making a combined 74 tackles (62 solo) with one forced fumble.

So what does that mean for free agent Aqib Talib?

"Minimal impact" says Curran, "other than it's another instance of money going out the door."

The $4 million average salary of Arrington's contract may show Talib that he won't break the bank on the free agent market, making a New England reunion seem more likely.