Prior to the emergence of the Peyton Manning Watch, we were primarily focused on #widereceiverwatch as the 49ers tried to figure out their next step at the wide receiver position. Among the candidates we saw guys like Mario Manningham, Brandon Lloyd, Chaz Schilens, and even Laurent Robinson briefly, all emerge on the 49ers radar.
Since then, they all appear to be off the market or close to it. Schilens signed with the Jets, Robinson signed with the Jaguars, Manningham may sign with the Rams, and now it looks like Lloyd is close to signing with the Patriots. This last one is turning into the most interesting one for the 49ers because of additional interests.
Lloyd has long been linked to the Patriots in part because of their hiring of Josh McDaniels. It has reached a point where Lloyd might have lost some leverage in any negotiations because of his openness to be a member of the team. In fact, CSN New England is reporting that Lloyd's visit to the 49ers was really just a favor by the 49ers to Lloyd's agent, Tom Condon. By providing a place to visit, Condon could potentially drive up Lloyd's market value, at least a little bit. That is not shocking information as we've discussed it plenty in the comments here and our old stats man Danny Tuccitto pointed to the same conclusion.
Where this gets interesting is the fact that Condon represents quite a few 49ers, including Alex Smith. Oh, and he also represents Peyton Manning. How convenient. Ok, that sounded a little too much like "wink, wink, nudge, nudge." While I am generally not a big believer in monster conspiracies, the convenience of all this is certainly entertaining to say the least.
Given how unexpected the news was that the 49ers had worked out Peyton Manning earlier in the week, nobody can really point to anything with anything resembling certainty. But then we get little nuggets like this and it adds just a little bit more to ponder.
An agent has to do the best for his clients, but there is also a give and take relationship between teams and agents. In reality I would argue that if Condon exchanged this rumored Lloyd favor for either pushing one of his clients to SF or a slightly more favorable deal, that actually qualifies as a bit of a moral grey area. I suppose if the more favorable deal is same dollars but more in favor of the team, it's probably OK, but Condon still puts himself in a bit of a grey area with horse trading like this.