49ers in talks with Brandon Lloyd about possible return

49ers in talks with Brandon Lloyd about possible return
April 10, 2014, 7:30 am
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Brandon Lloyd caught 105 passes for 1,510 yards and 13 touchdowns in three years with the 49ers. (USATSI)

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Veteran wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, who did not play last season, is in talks with the 49ers about the possibility of rebooting his NFL career, according to multiple sources.

The 49ers reportedly expressed interest in several free-agent wide receivers, including Julian Edelman, Emmanuel Sanders, Golden Tate, Hakeem Nicks, Devin Hester and DeSean Jackson. The 49ers remain in the market for another wide receiver to add to the mix.

Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree are the 49ers’ presumptive starting wide receivers. Quinton Patton also figures to be in the mix for playing time, and the 49ers are expected to invest in a draft pick.

Lloyd, who turns 33 in July, does not play special teams. If he signs with the 49ers, he would seemingly have to earn the No. 3 job to secure a roster spot at the beginning of the regular season.

Lloyd 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.

Reportedly, he turned down the 49ers and several other teams that approached him about the possibility of playing last season.

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.