Brandon Lloyd released by Patriots

Jared Wickerham

The New England Patriots released Brandon Lloyd on Saturday afternoon, and consequently avoid paying Lloyd a $3 million roster bonus.

Brandon Lloyd's time in New England appears to be over. The Patriots will release Lloyd on Saturday, and consequently, avoid paying him a $3 million roster bonus, according to The Boston Herald's Jeff Howe.

New England signed Lloyd in 2012, believing he would help provide a vertical threat, and add an element to New England's offense that its lacked since Randy Moss was traded to the Minnesota Vikings in 2010. Lloyd finished the season with 74 receptions (on 130 targets), for 911 yards and four touchdowns.

Though his numbers were solid, Lloyd never materialized into the receiver many believed he would with Tom Brady as his quarterback -- especially since Lloyd had played for Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels previously in his career.

Still, Lloyd could end up back in New England. The Patriots and Lloyd were working on restructuring Lloyd's contract, so that New England would not have to pay the $3 million roster bonus. Now that Lloyd is an unrestricted free agent, the Patriots will have to compete with other teams for his services -- if they choose to attempt to re-sign him.

More in the NFL:

Free agency grades: Vikings replace Harvin

NFL free agent grades: A new mock draft for free agency

NFL free agency: Where has all the money gone?

Jaguars check out Geno Smith

Elvis Dumervil boosts the free agent market

The end of the Tuck Rule

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.