Wide Receiver Brandon Lloyd came to the Chicago Bears in 2008 with a checkered past. He was never in serious trouble as many NFL receivers find themselves in, but he always had petty annoyances in his previous stops.
When the Bears signed him to a one-year league minimum “prove it” deal, it was figured Lloyd could show if he has any talent or get cut. I didn’t care much one way or another if he panned out or not.
Then a funny thing happened, Lloyd actually started making some plays and his performance peaked with a six catch, 124 yard performance in week three against Tampa. Lloyd also injured his knee in that game, an injury thought at the time to keep him out 2-4 weeks.
It’s now been 6, and Mike Mulligan reports that the Bears are privately simmering about Lloyd’s willingness to get back out on the field. I’ve also read that the receiver has made some appearances on radio shows and seems more intent on promoting his rap songs than talking about football.
This one is odd. I really do question if the fat contracts the Bears have paid to most of their defensive starters in 2007 and 2008 have led to their complacency and the decline of the pass defense this season. But Lloyd is playing for his next contract. Were he able to ride Kyle Orton’s strong season and have one himself, he may land another (unjustified) large contract like the idiot Redskins paid him.
But hey, maybe Lloyd’s happy with what he’s made thus far. I certainly can’t relate to being set for life, but maybe you don’t have to try anymore, once that happens.