49ers sign Lloyd to one-year contract

49ers sign Lloyd to one-year contract
April 15, 2014, 10:15 am
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Brandon Lloyd caught 13 touchdowns in 45 games for the 49ers from 2003-'05. (USATSI)

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The 49ers signed veteran wide receiver Brandon Lloyd on Tuesday to a one-year contract, the club announced.

Lloyd joins a wide receiver group that includes presumptive starters Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin. Quinton Patton, entering his second NFL season, finished last season as the 49ers’ No. 3 wide receiver.

Other wide recievers on the 49ers’ offseason roster include: Jon Baldwin, Kassim Osgood, Chuck Jacobs, Devon Wylie, DeMarco Sampson and David Reed.

Lloyd, who turns 33 in July, enjoyed the best three-year stretch of his career before stepping away last season. In 2012, he caught 74 passes for 911 yards and four touchdowns for the New England Patriots.

In 10 NFL seasons with six different teams, Lloyd has 385 receptions for 5,695 yards and 35 touchdowns.

Lloyd entered the NFL in 2003 as a fourth-round draft pick of the 49ers. He played his first three NFL seasons with the 49ers before a trade sent him to Washington in 2006 for third- and fourth-round draft picks.

In his eighth NFL season, Lloyd experienced his breakout year with the Denver Broncos in 2010 with 77 receptions for an NFL-best 1,448 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was traded the next season to the St. Louis Rams.