Lloyd Joins Fragile Group of Receivers

Not too long ago, Brandon Lloyd was a promising young wideout who appeared to be on the verge of stardom in San Francisco. Now after two down years in Washington, Lloyd comes to the Chicago Bears and their depleted receiving corps. Can he rehabilitate his image, both on and off the field?

The Monsters of the Midway added another piece to perhaps their biggest weak spot on the depth chart, signing free-agent wide receiver Brandon Lloyd to a one-year contract Friday.

Lloyd caught just two passes this past season in Washington and was released by the Redskins. During his five-year career, he has 130 receptions for 1,889 yards and 13 touchdowns. Originally a fourth-round selection of the 49ers in 2003, the 6-0, 200-pounder had trouble getting along with teammates in San Francisco and then appeared to be in head coach Joe Gibbs' doghouse on more than one occasion.

The enigmatic Lloyd played at Illinois when Bears offensive coordinator Ron Turner was running the show in Champaign, and Turner is confident that Lloyd can be a big-play threat in his passing game once again.

JC's Take: Lloyd joins Marty Booker as part of a Bears receiving corps that has lost both Bernard Berrian and Muhsin Muhammad this offseason, and this could be a good move for the Bears since it's only a one-year deal for minimal money.

There was a stretch there in San Francisco when Lloyd looked to be developing into a pretty solid player, averaging better than 15 yards per catch in two of his three seasons as a 49er and proving to be quite effective in the red zone. However, he apparently got too big for his britches, and members of his own locker room started to question his flashy style and yet-to-be-earned bravado. After being sent to our nation's capital for a pair of draft picks in 2006, Lloyd caught just 25 balls in two years as a Redskin and wasn't exactly a popular player there either.

Lloyd sounded awfully flippant Friday when asked via conference call if he needed to rehabilitate his image, claiming that things "just didn't work out" at either of his first two stops in the NFL.

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