Much has changed since Brandon Lloyd left the 49ers after the 2005 season. For one, he's a proven possession receiver now and is coming off a year in which he caught 74 balls for 911 yards and 4 touchdowns. And even though he didn't fit into New England's long-term plans (who does these days?) it doesn't mean he can't fit into the 49ers' short-term plans, especially with Michael Crabtree's devastating injury.
But hey, don't just take my word for it. According to NFL/SI.com:
Lloyd finished second on the Patriots only to Wes Welker in receptions last season with 74. The Patriots cut him loose anyway and, after they drafted Aaron Dobson and Josh Boyce, seem unlikely to bring him back. There has not been much buzz around Lloyd in free agency thus far, but there are few remaining players at that position who can match Lloyd’s recent production.
Even though Lloyd will be 32 years old this July, I'm up for signing him to a one year deal (cap space permitting) that's based primarily on incentives. Such a move would provide solid insurance in case Mario Manningham and Kyle Williams haven't fully recovered from their injuries or in the event that Quinton Patton, Ricardo Lockette, and AJ Jenkins aren't NFL-ready. Your thoughts...?