Deion Branch Reportedly Could Be Returning to Patriots
Less than 24 hours after Moss was shipped by the Patriots to Minnesota in exchange for a third-round pick next year and a reported seventh-rounder in 2012, whispers of Branch leaving the Pacific Northwest for his old stomping grounds in Foxborough via a trade between the Seahawks and Patriots have grown louder.
Tom Curran of Comcast Sports New England got an early start this morning after admittedly being caught sleeping on the Moss trade.
Now Branch might not be as tall or as fast as Moss, but he does have a Super Bowl ring and Super Bowl MVP honors to his name. Branch caught 11 passes for 133 yards in New England's 24-21 Super Bowl XXXIX victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, which tied Jerry Rice's record for most catches in a Super Bowl and helped the Patriots win their third title in four years.
But Branch lasted just one more season in New England -- ironically his best statistically, finishing with 78 receptions for 998 yards and five touchdowns in 2005. He was traded to the Seahawks soon after and has had four so-so seasons in Seattle.
He had 45 receptions for 437 yards and two touchdowns last year and has 13 catches for 112 yards and a touchdown thus far in 2010.
At 5-foot-9 and 195 pounds he is closer in build to Wes Welker and Danny Woodhead but he developed a strong chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady. In fact, Brady reportedly started lobbying for Branch over the last week once the Moss trade appeared imminent, Shalise Manza Young of The Boston Globe reported on her Twitter page.
As of right now there is nothing concrete out there, but as we learned with the Moss deal, things can change very fast.
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