49ers | Lloyd re-signing does not appear imminentThu, 29 Dec 2005 08:44:40 -0800Roger Phillips, of InsideBayArea.com, reports the re-signing of San Francisco 49ers WR Brandon Lloyd to a new contract does not appear to be imminent. Asked whether the 49ers were interested in locking up Lloyd as they did WR Arnaz Battle, head coach Mike Nolan said, "We've talked with all the agents. It's a mutual thing. Some of them are more serious about getting something done. Some of them aren't. Some of them want to test out the market." The 49ers will have to decide whether to use the low or high tender to Lloyd before he becomes a restricted free agent after this season.The low tender would mean that the 49ers' compensation if they chose not to match an offer to Lloyd would be a fourth-round pick because he was a fourth-rounder.I find it interesting that they lock up Battle long-term but not Lloyd, even though they are in the same position (RFA after this year).Sure, it may be (is probably) just because Lloyd wants more money. But historically we have discussed how (when he was available) the 49ers wanted to use Battle at the Flanker position, historically the higher scoring position in the 49ers offensive scheme ... indeed, it appears to me that when Battle was reasonably healthy he scored at a slightly higher rate than Lloyd.But if Lloyd signs elsewhere and the 49ers don't match, Battle (who performed reasonably well when healthy) may be the better target (for dynasty purposes?) than Lloyd, although most rankings discuss Lloyd as top 40 and not Battle ---Opinions? Frankly, I would still rather have Battle than Lloyd if both are with the 49ers ... but if Lloyd signs elsewhere, maybe he escapes the offensive morass that is the 49ers?
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