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Report: 49ers have interest in signing WR Brandon Lloyd

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Could Brandon Lloyd return to San Francisco?(USATSI)
Could Brandon Lloyd return to San Francisco? (USATSI)

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Although a number of teams reportedly showed interest in receiver Brandon Lloyd last season, the 10-year veteran didn't sign with anybody and took the year off from the league.

One of those teams still apparently might want to sign him, though.

That would be the 49ers, according to CSN Bay Area -- even though Lloyd hasn't played since 2012, where he recorded one of the most prolific seasons of his career (74 catches, 911 yards, four touchdowns) for the Patriots.

Actually, as he's entered his 30s, Lloyd has played the best football of his life, catching at least 70 passes in his past three seasons (he had never recorded more than 50 receptions in his seven previous seasons in the league).

But for whatever reason, Lloyd didn't sign with anybody last year.

If he signs with San Francisco, however, he likely would take over the No. 3 receiver spot behind Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree. Quinton Patton -- whose name has been linked to a sexual assault information report out of Miami -- is likely the No. 3 receiver for now, but Lloyd has a much better track record than Patton, a fourth-round pick last year who only recorded three catches in six games.

Lloyd was drafted in the fourth round of the 2003 draft by the 49ers and spent the first three seasons of his career in San Francisco.

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