- The Washington Times - Friday, April 21, 2006

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The Washington Redskins signed starting receiver Brandon Lloyd, whom they acquired from San Francisco on March 11, to a long-term contract yesterday that might have cost them just $12,000.

Terms were not disclosed, but Lloyd was seeking a deal similar to the six-year, $27million contract the Redskins gave fellow new receiver Antwaan Randle El on March 12.

However, Lloyd’s salary cap figure as a restricted free agent was $1.573 million, just $12,000 less than the 2006 cap numbers for Randle El and Washington’s other high-priced newcomers, defensive end Andre Carter and safety Adam Archuleta. So it’s reasonable to surmise that re-signing Lloyd cost just that $12,000. The damage in the contract will come in the next four years.

If Lloyd’s contract is indeed identical to those of his fellow new Redskins players, Washington still will have $3.461 million to spend on its seven draft picks (all but one of whom will be an inexpensive fifth-, sixth- or seventh-rounder), any post-June1 free agents and for an injured reserve fund.

With Lloyd under contract long term, the Redskins have just two likely starters unsigned beyond this season: left guard Derrick Dockery and either Warrick Holdman or Chris Clemons at weak side linebacker. What’s more, Holdman and Clemons could well wind up being replaced by the player whom Washington takes second in next Saturday’s NFL draft.

Lloyd, 24, caught 105 passes for 1,510 yards and 13 touchdowns in his three seasons with the 49ers. He figures to split time with Randle El opposite Pro Bowl starter Santana Moss in 2006.

David Elfin

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