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Good luck trying to trade Deion Branch

D. Branch.jpgDeion Branch’s four-year run in Seattle started off slow, then got progressively more depressing, bottoming out last year with a 9.7 yards-per-reception average.

Due $5.47 million in 2010, logic says he won’t be back with Seattle.  But the team may try to get something from him first.

Our buddy Tom Curran of Comcast Sports New England passes along a report that Seahawks G.M. John Schneider is planning to keep Branch.  He’d also be willing to listen to offers.

(Our G.M. translator says: “We don’t have to worry about Branch’s salary until September because of the uncapped year, so let’s see if we can find a sucker willing to cough up a late-round pick.”)

Branch could have suitors as a free agent, but anyone that watched Branch play in 2009 is not going to trade for him, especially with his salary.  Injuries have eroded Branch’s quickness.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times thinks the Seahawks are posturing, and we agree. It doesn’t hurt to try.

It would hurt to throw good money after bad by keeping Branch next season.

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12 Responses to “Good luck trying to trade Deion Branch”
  1. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Feb 16, 2010 3:34 PM

    It was the Patriots that made this very average receiver look like an All-Pro. He has about as much value right now as Koren Robinson.

  2. this class sucks says: Feb 16, 2010 3:35 PM

    If he was a free agent I wouldn’t mind having him on the 49ers just to have a veteran guy. Trading for him though, that would make no sense for any team, even in an uncapped year.

  3. TheDPR says: Feb 16, 2010 4:20 PM

    Like the 49ers fan said. He brings a veteran presence and not much else. He could be this year’s Ike Bruce for them, the 2009 version worst-case and the 2008 version best-case.

  4. mnoise says: Feb 16, 2010 4:40 PM

    here’s what’s probably going to happen; no team will trade for him and he gets cut just before the regular season roster is finalized. there is no way the Seahawks keep him at $5 mil next year. then he signs with the Patriots, they need him because he knows their system and Wes Welker is probably not going to play much next season if at all.

  5. RichieBugs83 says: Feb 16, 2010 4:56 PM

    I’ll trade you my Pog collection from 1994 and a bent bottle cap for Branch. But you have to let me know before Golden Girls comes on at 7pm EST or the deal is off the table.

  6. OscarMooseFarmer says: Feb 16, 2010 5:38 PM

    I for one wouldn’t want for the niners.. we allready saw Antonio Bryant and Darrell Jackson. Isaac Bruce did a fine job at his age…but hid of ushering in Morgan and Crabtree is done. We don’t need a new short term veteran to take snaps away from those guys. As far as having a veteran in the group Arnaz Battle has been on the team since like…’04?

  7. Belichick for President says: Feb 16, 2010 5:49 PM

    Hey Deion, how did shooting your way out of New England work out for you?
    Let this be a lesson to play out your rookie contract. You signed it, live up to it.

  8. AZ Red Bird says: Feb 16, 2010 6:46 PM

    9er fans want him. I’ll throw in a bag of chips to send him there. cards fans are laughing!

  9. slipkid says: Feb 16, 2010 6:55 PM

    no, koren can probly still return kicks, all drunk as hell. he will just pretend he is running away from the scene of a traffic stop.

  10. TheWizard says: Feb 16, 2010 7:31 PM

    Hey Deion, how did shooting your way out of New England work out for you?
    Exactly. Reiss seems to think bringing Branch back would be a good idea.
    The hell with that.

  11. crabman82 says: Feb 16, 2010 11:17 PM

    az red bird, your team did make the playoffs last year so congrats, but you didnt beat the niners and now u got leinart? niners already broke his collarbone in ’06, get ready for some more.

  12. FumbleNuts says: Feb 17, 2010 11:34 AM

    “It would hurt to throw good money after bad by keeping Branch next season.”
    This guy is done at the NFL level.

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