NFL notes: Like Bert and Ernie

There’s every possibility that Brandon Lloyd could be hooking up with Tom Brady. (REUTERS/Sarah...

There’s every possibility that Brandon Lloyd could be hooking up with Tom Brady. (REUTERS/Sarah Conard)

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:36 PM ET

Brandon Lloyd and Josh McDaniels are like Bert and Ernie.

See one; get the other. Let the fun begin.

Lloyd said at the end of the season he’d like to end up playing wherever McDaniels ended up coaching.

With McDaniels settling into his job as offensive coordinator with the Patriots, there’s every possibility that Lloyd could be hooking up with Tom Brady.

“I can’t even lie about that,” Lloyd told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I’m tied to McDaniels. He uses me differently than other offensive coordinators used me in my entire career . . . I want to be used in ways where I feel comfortable and I can be successful and Josh knows how to do that.”

Lloyd and McDaniels began their mutual admiration in Denver. After McDaniels was fired, they were reunited last season when McDaniels, as offensive coordinator with the Rams, lobbied for a trade that brought Lloyd to St. Louis, where he caught 51 passes for 683 yards and six TDs.

The Patriots have issues with their offence. Neither Deion Branch, nor Chad Ochocinco, who was a major disappointment catching 15 passes for 276 yards and a touchdown, are expected to return. Wes Welker is expected to either sign long-term, or get the franchise tag.

There are several standouts in the 2012 free agent class at wide receiver that the Patriots could look at, including, Vincent Jackson of the Chargers, Reggie Wayne (Colts), DeSean Jackson (Eagles), Dwayne Bowe (Chiefs).

But Welker on the inside; Lloyd on the outside, would seem the perfect — some might suggest Super Bowl — marriage.

There’s just one hitch between this wedding and bliss. As ProFootballTalk.com points out, Lloyd’s agent is Tom Condon, who hasn’t directly done a deal with the Patriots since a contract squabble in 2006. “We pretend there are 31 franchises in the NFL now and they pretend we don’t exist,” Condon once said.

It will be interesting to see which wins out, Lloyd’s love of McDaniels or Condon’s dislike of the Patriots penny-pinching.

Forget the “other woman”, in this case the one thing standing between Lloyd and McDaniels could be another man. “He’d like to be with Josh,” agent Tom Condon said of Lloyd in the Boston Herald. “He’d also like to get paid.”

CHICAGO SLAUGHTER WANT RANDY MOSS

Randy Moss was kind of thinking maybe the Chicago Bears.

Instead the former All-Pro got the IFL’s Chicago Slaughter.

“Seeing the splash that T.O. (Terrell Owens) made going to the Allen, Texas, team, it would be a coup for us to get Randy,” Slaughter coach and former Chicago Bears defensive tackle Steve McMichael said Thursday after the club extended an offer.

McMichael said this league is made for Moss, now 35. “It’s only a 50-yard field, baby. It’s not like he has to run all over creation. It’s like playing halfcourt basketball.”

RYAN EATS CROW

Rex Ryan admits he never expected to be in this position.

At a Long Island luncheon the Jets coach was dining out on more than what was on his plate. He was eating his words.

“I thought we’d do it overnight,” Ryan said of promising the team would win a Super Bowl. “I always believed we were the best team, and I’ve been convinced otherwise the last three years. We got beat in two (AFC) championship games, and then got beat this year, never even earned the right to go to the playoffs. But that’s certainly the goal, to get it done.”

He said watching the matchup for Super Bowl XLVI, featuring the rival Giants and the division alter-ego Patriots, felt like a “cruel joke.”

While more reserved, Ryan said the club would learn from its mistakes and not repeat them in 2012. “2011 was a huge disappointment ... Anybody that is successful, you have scars, and clearly, we’ve got some scars from this,” Ryan said. “But anybody that doesn’t have scars is either lying to you or never dared. We’ll learn from it.”

And, daring is on Ryan like white is on rice. Wearing the 2000 Super Bowl ring he won with Baltimore, Ryan couldn’t resist temptation, noting: “I plan on getting another one, and I plan on getting it quickly.” So, here’s hoping he didn’t just order up a second helping of that crow he’s been eating.

VIKINGS STUCK IN MINNESOTA

The Minnesota Vikings are just a politician’s promise away from a new home.

In other words, they’re no closer now than they were nine years ago when they started talking about needing a new stadium.

Governor Mark Dayton delivered his annual state of the stadium address Wednesday, and said lawmakers “may be getting close to a site, a deal and a bill.”

But there remain enough “ifs” on this promise to drive a moving van through all the way to Los Angeles. The deal includes getting public money. That’s about as likely to happen around election time as meeting a street car on a country road.

And, with the team failing to file a relocation notice with the league this week, they are committed to remain in Minnesota for at least the 2012 season. Politicians seem to feel any threat of a move is simply that: a threat, and nothing more.

“The Vikings have tried to create the impression, through somewhat subtle threats, that they could move,” said Rep. Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley. “But ... I think there’s a growing realization that the Vikings have nowhere to go.”

JOHNSON, BILLS PLAY NICE

The Buffalo Bills and free agent receiver Stevie Johnson are talking again.

The two sides exchanged contract offers, the first time talks have resumed since breaking off discussions in December.

It also comes after Johnson was penalized twice in five weeks for excessive touchdown celebrations — the second leading coach Chan Gailey to bench him for the final three quarters of a season-ending 49-21 loss. So, while nothing has been sealed with a kiss, at least they’re making up. Signing Johnson is a priority for the Bills as they try to quiet fan discontent over a string of losing seasons.

He joined Eric Moulds as the only Bills receivers to catch 75 passes in consecutive seasons, leading the Bills with 1,004 yards and 76 catches.

He also became the first receiver in the franchise’s 52-year history to post back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons.


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