When the New England Patriots cut loose wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, things were dramatically different from where they are now. On top of the Aaron Hernandez murder case which led the Patriots to releasing, Rob Gronkowski seems to have a never ending string of injuries from his wrist to now his back and Danny Amendola isn’t really coming around the way the team would like. But while things have changed in New England, the team is not expected to bring back Lloyd.
Per a report from ESPN’s Field Yates, the Patriots are looking to keep their locker room from unraveling and bringing back Lloyd wouldn’t jive with the atmosphere they’re trying to set in wake of the Hernandez incident.
The Patriots, and any NFL team, always want a harmonious locker room, but now would seem to be a time when the Patriots are particularly interested in finding players who fit among the rest of the team. By that token, if Lloyd’s behavior did in fact play a part in the team’s decision to release him previously, we wouldn’t expect a reunion.
Yates did mention too that the Patriots cutting Lloyd was much about finance as well since New England was looking for some extra cash to toss around in free agency. They did that with Danny Amendola and despite that they are still in need of receiving targets, but Brandon Lloyd won’t be returning as one of them.