Following Wednesday’s trade sending Randy Moss back to Minnesota, many are connecting the dots on the idea of the Patriots acquiring a wide receiver.
No, not Vincent Jackson. Former Patriot Deion Branch.
According to both the Seattle Times and Boston Herald, the Patriots could be interested in acquiring Branch from the Seahawks.
Tom Curran wrote the Patriots may be working on a deal, but nothing is imminent. Danny O’Neil wrote there is a certain amount of logic to the deal, but characterizes the situation as “premature” that a deal is close.
So, there’s lots of smoke about Branch going back to the Patriots. The Seahawks have seven receivers on the roster, although Branch doesn’t seem to fit within the team’s youth movement at the position. He’s appeared in all four games this season, and has 13 receptions (second on team, most among wide receivers) for 112 yards and one touchdown.
Branch, now 31, is certainly a familiar commodity for the Patriots, who have the ammunition to pull off a deal (eight picks in the first four rounds in 2011), so we’ll be following this story.
– Frank Tadych