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June 15, 2009
Former 49ers together again in Denver

Reunited and it feels so ... awkward? The Denver Broncos today signed receiver Brandon Lloyd, according to the Denver Post, a move that places Lloyd on the same squad as former 49ers head coach Mike Nolan, who now runs the Broncos defense. Lloyd made a lot of fantastic catches while he was with the 49ers, but his downfield blocking - something treasured by Nolan - was as soft as goose down. He also drew Nolan's wrath when he alligator-armed two passes in a 2005 game in Chicago and called out quarterback Cody Pickett in the same game.

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"The ball was thrown too early," Lloyd said at the time of a momentum-changing goal-line incompletion. "That wasn't the route. I still had more of the route to run. It was thrown way too soon."

Those remarks prompted Nolan to have not one, but two, heart to hearts with Lloyd. The subject: criticizing teammates.

"You count on your teammates to help you be a better player," Nolan said. "And if you alienate those players, you're not helping yourself any. It's pretty simple. No one guy gets it done. ... I don't care how good you are, if you alienate people, it doesn't help you do your job the best you can."

Nolan dealt Lloyd to the Redskins the following spring for a third- and a fourth-round draft pick. After a rocky stint in Washington, Lloyd moved to Chicago where he played with current Broncos QB starter Kyle Orton. No word yet if Denver will bring in Kevan Barlow and Rashaun Woods to further bolster the offense ...

-- Matt Barrows

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MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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