Broncos WR Eddie Royal Joins Brandon Lloyd in Trade Talks
October 17, 2011
There ought to be some interesting chatter around the breakfast table Monday morning at Dove Valley.
Not only is No. 1 receiver Brandon Lloyd available for trade but so is fellow receiver Eddie Royal, who was the team’s No. 2 receiver until he suffered a partially torn groin in week 2. Both are eligible for free agency at season’s end. So if you’re keeping score at home, Lloyd, Royal and Kyle Orton have all asked for trades in the past three months. So far, none of them have been dealt.
Great. Are all these trade requests Tim Tebow-related? It was in Orton’s case back in July. But the agents for Lloyd and Royal made their intentions known before John Fox benched Orton for Tebow last week.
The Broncos wouldn’t mind appeasing the receivers’ trade requests because Demaryius Thomas, a first-round pick in the 2010 draft, is scheduled to return from his various injuries this week. Eric Decker, a third-round pick in last year’s draft, has already established himself as a starting receiver this year. And the Broncos like Matt Willis as a third receiver.
Keep in mind that as of Sunday morning, trade talks have barely made a dent on the Broncos’ cell phone plan. The Broncos, and agents for Lloyd and Royal, have let other NFL teams know the players are available. But no team has stepped up to make an offer. Perhaps talks will pick up after the league’s slate of games today.
Don’t be surprised if Lloyd and Royal are excused from Monday’s late-morning practice if they’re not traded by then. Of the two receivers, Royal would seem to have a more prominent buyer-beware tag because he suffered a partially torn groin in the second game of the season against the Cincinnati Bengals and has not played since. Royal did practice Wednesday before the team broke for the break.
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Royal caught 91 passes as a rookie in 2008 for coach Mike Shanahan but his production has markedly slipped since — perhaps why his agent Todd France is trying to move him. Shanahan is now the head coach of the Washington Redskins.
Then again, Royal only has roughly $388,000 of salary left to be paid this year and he’s considered one of the league’s 10 punt returners. Lloyd has about $902,500 left to be paid this year, which is still great value for a receiver who led the NFL with 1,448 yards last year and continues to make his highlight-special, contortionist catches this year.