Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, who did not play in the 2013 season after being released by the New England Patriots in March 2013, signed a one-year contract Tuesday to return to the San Francisco 49ers.
The 49ers announced the move via Twitter:
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) April 15, 2014
Lloyd will be 33 in July and is returning to the league for his 11th season. He was originally a fourth-round pick by the 49ers in the 2003 NFL Draft and spent his first three seasons with San Francisco, catching 105 passes for 1,510 yards and 13 touchdowns, starting 29 of the 45 games in which he appeared.
In March 2006, Lloyd was dealt to the Washington Redskins for a pair of draft picks, a 2006 third-round selection and a fourth-rounder in 2007. He didn’t have a great run in Washington, starting only six games and posting 25 receptions for 379 yards and no touchdowns before he was released in February 2008.
He signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears and had 26 catches for 364 yards before hitting free agency and signing with the Denver Broncos on a one-year contract in June 2009.
Lloyd played in only two games for the Broncos that season, catching eight balls for 117 yards, but the Broncos brought him back on a two-year contract in March 2010. Later in 2010, the Broncos traded wideout Brandon Marshall to Miami and Lloyd took advantage of the opportunity with a breakout season—77 catches for an NFL-leading 1,448 yards and 11 touchdowns along with his first Pro Bowl berth.
Lloyd had 19 catches for 283 through four games in 2011 when he was traded to the St. Louis Rams in October of that season and he signed a three-year deal with the Patriots in March 2012. After making 74 catches for 911 yards and four touchdowns, however, New England released Lloyd in March 2013.