The NFL has announced the 2011 Pro Bowl rosters, and the Broncos have but one representative - WR Brandon Lloyd. 2010 has been a breakout season for Lloyd, who has accumulated 72 catches for a league-leading 1,375 yards through 15 games. Lloyd's 19.1-yard average per reception trails only Philadelphia's DeSean Jackson and
60 Minutes' Pittsburgh's Mike Wallace, while his 10 TD receptions are tied for fifth-best in the NFL. Lloyd's 72 receptions have produced a remarkable 67 first downs, for a league-leading 93.1% rate. All of these numbers have far surpassed Lloyd's previous career highs.
Lloyd is an 8th-year player out of Illinois who has spent two seasons with Denver after stints with the 49ers, Redskins and Bears. With Lloyd's selection to the Pro Bowl, an incentive in his contract with Denver has been triggered - his salary will be bumped up to $1.4 million in 2011 from the $795,000 he was otherwise scheduled to make, according to RotoWorld.com.
Lloyd has filled the
disastrous void left by the irreplaceable Brandon Marshall, who was traded to Miami for two second-round draft choices. Marshall has 81 catches for 917 yards but only 3 TD catches, and is making $9.5 million each in 2010 and 2011. To recap, that's $19 million for Marshall over two seasons and $2.655 million for Lloyd over the same two-year period, assuming Denver does not renegotiate the latter's deal.
In a released statement, Broncos interim coach said of Lloyd,
Brandon's individual performance has been one of the true bright spots in our season, and his big-play capability and dynamic catches have excited our fans and players all year long. Working with Wide Receivers Coach Adam Gase, he is developing into one of the NFL's elite players at his position. The entire Denver Broncos organization is thrilled to see him get the recognition that he has earned this year.
Nine-time Pro Bowler Champ Bailey was a notable omission, although it is difficult to call this a "snub" as the AFC's representatives at CB are Jokeland's Nnamdi Asomugha, New Jersey's Darrelle Revis and the Pats' Devin McCourty.