There’s a clear need in New England. The Patriots need a wide receiver who can run fast, run deep, and stretch a secondary.

Brandon Lloyd can do all of those things, and he enjoys doing them for Josh McDaniels, Lloyd’s coach in Denver and offensive coordinator in St. Louis who’s now running the offense in New England. The connection between Lloyd, McDaniels, and the Patriots has been discussed since McDaniels rejoined his old team, and Lloyd has been more than just open to the idea.

He’s invited it, saying on more than one occasion that he’s thrived in McDaniels’ system, and that he’s “more than comfortable” in an offense that’s tailored to his skillset. He repeated his desire to play under McDaniels during an interview with CSN New England’s Tom Curran yesterday, and he also added another little factoid about the money required to obtain his services.

Lloyd isn’t a money hoarder.

“Winning is definitely the highest priority. I’ve been in the league for 10 years now and I don’t look at the┬áNFL as a place where I can horde money and get as much as I can because it’s the end of the world (at the end of his career).”

Loose translation: I want to be paid what I’m worth, but I’ll take an opportunity to win a championship over an opportunity to make a lot of money and lose games. Lloyd can easily pursue the latter avenue by staying in St. Louis, but he’ll be putting himself in a situation to win immediately by reuniting with McDaniels in New England.

Chad Ochocinco was a mess in his attempt to replace Randy Moss as New England’s deep threat, a role Lloyd can quickly play. Despite being forced to catch passes from Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow in Denver, and then Kellen Clemens and Tom Brandstater in St. Louis when Sam Bradford was hurt, Lloyd still nearly finished with 1,000 receiving yards in 2011. And just one year ago Denver may have struggled, but Lloyd easily had his most productive season, finally cashing in on his potential with a 1,448-yard season and 11 touchdowns.

Tom Brady only has a handful of prime years left, and Lloyd is the best receiver on the market who can be trusted to do a Moss imitation, and rekindle that old Moss magic.

And the rest…

  • If there’s one Dolphins receiver who can get Peyton Manning to sign with Miami, it’s Davone Bess. [Omar Kelly]
  • Dan Marino won’t be recruiting Manning. [Palm Beach Post]
  • And the Broncos want Manning “desperately.” Rumors! [Peter King on Twitter]
  • The tight end pool for this year’s draft is shallow, so as the top-rated player at the position Orson Charles had a shot at sneaking into the first round after a strong showing at the Combine. His DUI yesterday could derail those plans. Nice timing, Orson. [Will Brinson]
  • The Jets have tried to trade right tackle Wayne Hunter, and they’ve reportedly had discussions with at least one NFC team. [New York Daily News]
  • Ahmad Bradshaw went under the knife for a procedure to “help the healing process” of a stress fracture in his foot that held him back in the latter part of the 2011 season. [Newark Star-Ledger]
  • The Bills locked up another key component of their passing attack yesterday, signing tight end Scott Chandler to a two-year deal. [Buffalo Rumblings]
  • Should the Ravens bring Randy Moss in for a workout? [Baltimore Beatdown]
  • Chad Ochocinco is now a hockey fan, and he’s on a noble mission to expand his sports knowledge beyond futbol, football, and basketball. [Backhand Shelf]
  • There’s some understandable hesitancy among Falcons fans as free agency approaches because of the team’s recent failures on the open market (thanks, Dunta Robinson). But don’t worry, Falcons faithful, because now is the time to spend. [The Falcoholic]