Patriots updates: Lloyd decision looms

Patriots updates: Lloyd decision looms
March 16, 2013, 2:15 pm
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Discussions continue Saturday between the Patriots and Brandon Lloyd that will determine the wide receiver's future in New England.

Unless the two sides work a compromise, the Patriots have until the end of Saturday to either pick up Lloyd's $3M option bonus for this season or release him.

The odds on Lloyd's return are "50-50" according to a source

As it stands now, Lloyd is due to make $1.9M in salary. He also has a $100,000 workout bonus and $1.5M in "Not Likely To Be Earned" (NLTBE) incentives.

Lloyd's $3M signing bonus was split into three $1M payouts, he's already received one and the next two were deferred until March 31 of 2013 and 2014.

  • The Patriots have signed Danny Amendola and Donald Jones and also have courted restricted free agent Emmanuel Sanders who they had in for a visit on Friday. Sanders hadn't signed an offer sheet with the Patriots as of Saturday morning. If he does agree to terms, the Pittsburgh Steelers would have the right to at least match the offer to Sanders or will take a third-round pick in return for the speedy outside target.
  • After taking public and media blowback when Wes Welker signed with the Broncos on Wednesday, the Patriots have more than made moves to offset the departure of the popular slot receiver.
  • The team signed strong safety Adrian Wilson to fill a role as a back of the defense enforcer. Defensive end John Abraham remains a possibility, though we have no updates on progress toward getting him signed.
  • Aqib Talib signed a one-year deal to return, shoring up the uncertainty at one cornerback spot and Kyle Arrington agreed on a four-year deal that addresses the need to keep a slot cornerback.