Veteran wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, who spent his first three seasons with the 49ers a decade ago, is back after signing a one-year deal with the team Tuesday.
Lloyd had 74 catches for 911 yards with New England in 2012 but sat out last season. The move is reminiscent of the one the 49ers made two years ago when they signed Randy Moss, who was 35 at the time, after he sat out a season. Following injuries to Mario Manningham and Kyle Williams that year, Moss started and finished fourth on the team in receiving yards.
The 49ers drafted Lloyd in the fourth round in 2003. He led the 49ers in receiving yards in 2005, but the following offseason the new personnel chief, Scot McCloughan, eagerly traded Lloyd to Washington for two mid-round draft picks.
Lloyd was brash as a young player, wanted to be a rap star and clashed with some of the 49ers’ veterans. One player who disliked Lloyd was fullback Fred Beasley, who complained that, following a grueling road loss, he had to listen to Lloyd talk about the length of his braids on the otherwise quiet flight back to San Jose.
The Redskins also grew weary of Lloyd, and he spent only two seasons in Washington. The 32-year-old has been on sixteams over his 11-year career.
Still, he has proven to be a very smart and savvy player, and he led the league in receiving yards in 2010 with Denver. With New England in 2012, he had a career-high 190 yards in a loss to the 49ers. In another loss to San Francisco – this one in London with Denver in 2010 – Lloyd caught seven passes for 169 yards.
Lloyd, however, does not play special teams like another longtime player at the position, Kassim Osgood. That, plus the fact Lloyd signed a one-year deal, suggests a roster spot is not assured. The 49ers’ top three receivers currently are Anquan Boldin, Michael Crabtree and Quinton Patton. Lloyd joins a group that includes Jon Baldwin, Osgood, Chuck Jacobs, Devon Wylie, DeMarco Sampson and David Reed.
The 49ers also are expected to take a receiver, if not two, early in next month’s draft. This week they hosted three wideout prospects: Clemson’s Martavis Bryant, Colorado’s Paul Richardson and Georgia State’s Albert Wilson.
Those charges were dismissed Friday. The court clerk said Kilgore can file to have the charge expunged from his record.
A month after the incident, the 49ers extended Kilgore’s contract by three years. He is the leading candidate to take over the starting center spot that Jonathan Goodwin manned the last three seasons. Adam Snyder, Joe Looney and Ryan Seymour also will compete at the spot.