Brandon Lloyd is back in the NFL, signs one-year deal with San Francisco 49ers

Anwar S. Richardson
New England Patriots wide receiver Brandon Lloyd warms up before the NFL football AFC Championship football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Brandon Lloyd is back in the NFL. The extent of his return has not been determined.

Lloyd signed a one-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers, according to the team. He was not on an NFL regular season roster last season, but will try to resurrect his career in San Francisco, the team that originally drafted him 11 years ago.

New England released Lloyd last April after he recorded 74 receptions for 911 yards and four touchdowns in 2012. Lloyd had several teams interested in him, but decided to pursue an acting career. He appeared in one movie and has decided to pursue football again.

Lloyd will compete to backup Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin. San Francisco is seemingly kicking the tires on Lloyd, 32, to see if he has anything left in the tank. If Lloyd can still play on a high level, San Francisco landed a veteran receiver who can be plugged into its offense. If not, he will just be a training camp body.

During Lloyd’s 11 NFL seasons, he has played for six teams (San Francisco, Washington, Chicago, Denver, St. Louis and New England). He has compiled 5,695 receiving yards and 35 touchdowns in his career.

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