49ers sign WR Brandon Lloyd

After spending the 2013 season out of football, Brandon Lloyd will return to the 49ers in 2014, the team announced Tuesday. Lloyd spent his first three pro seasons with San Francisco after being drafted in the fourth round in 2003.

Looking to add depth to the position, the San Francisco 49ers signed 10-year veteran Brandon Lloyd, who most recently played with the New England Patriots in 2012.

Lloyd was out of football in 2013 and didn't garner much consideration from the 49ers last summer after Michael Crabtree went down with his Achilles tear and the team brought in the likes of Austin Collie, Lavelle Hawkins, Marlon Moore and Chad Hall.

That's likely because of his reported tumultuous history that included clashes with players and personnel people within the organization. He was traded by the 49ers to Washington in 2006 after leading the team in receiving when he made 48 catches for 733 yards.

Counting his first stint with the team, Lloyd will be on his sixth team since getting drafted. His most productive season came with the Denver Broncos in 2010 when he registered 1,448 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. He has also spent time with the Bears and Rams.

Lloyd returns to the 49ers on a one-year deal, indicating a spot on the roster is far from an assurance. Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree are the clear-cut starters, while Quinton Patton and May's draft pick(s) will be in the mix for the third and fourth receiver spots.

Currently Jon Baldwin, Kassim Osgood, Chuck Jacobs, DeMarco Sampson, David Reed and Devon Wylie round out the team's receiving corps with the offseason program starting April 21.


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