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Deion Branch could return to New England

Tom Curran of Comcast Sports New England started his morning with this tasty morsel for depressed Patriots fans, pining for Randy Moss:

“With the dust
settling from the Moss deal, the Patriots will likely look to add at
wide receiver
. And an old, familiar face could be in mix
,” Curran wrote.

Nope, the team doesn’t have eyes for Reche Caldwell again.  They could be interested in acquiring Deion Branch from the Seahawks, according to the Seattle Times and Boston Herald.

Danny O’ Neil writes from the Pacific Northwest that a deal is possible but: “I’ve been told that it’s premature to say that’s a deal on the brink of being made. Will be monitoring that closely.”

It’s hard to imagine the Patriots giving up anything more than a conditional late-round pick for Branch.  Even if the move would make Tom Brady happy, Branch wouldn’t be guaranteed a big role in New England. 

Branch has four catches over 20 yards in the last two seasons.  He has one catch over 10 yards this season.  It’s not the same Branch that was once dealt for a first-round pick.

Whether Branch returns or not, Brandon Tate and Aaron Hernandez are the guys that will decide if this passing attack can excel without Randy Moss.

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  1. GRpatriot says: Oct 7, 2010 10:12 AM

    Great locker room guy! SB MVP who hasn’t been used correctly since he left the Patriots!

  2. SirSuperSouthern says: Oct 7, 2010 10:16 AM

    Don’t forget the dumps to Danny Woodhead! Seriously Gregg, you’re a fantasy guy — where’s the love for Woodhead? He’s scored in both games he’s been a Patriot, which I think should earn him more touches…

  3. sammieboy says: Oct 7, 2010 10:17 AM

    Antonio Bryant is still out there. Is he healthy yet?

  4. floria_is__a__tool says: Oct 7, 2010 10:21 AM

    I would love to take Rekkkeche Caldwell again. AFCCG game baby!

  5. KnuckleBucket says: Oct 7, 2010 10:25 AM

    Would love to see him back in New England. Although his production has been down as of late, that is common for players who have left NE. I think that he and Brady were always on the same page which meant a lot.

  6. PFTiswhatitis says: Oct 7, 2010 10:27 AM

    I loved Branch in his day but do not want to see this one get done. There are better trades to be made.

  7. ejtowne says: Oct 7, 2010 10:28 AM

    It will never happen, Moss was too big of a target to be replaced by one of these guys. Big mistake NE, big mistake.

  8. Maddog says: Oct 7, 2010 10:29 AM

    Troy Brown not available?

  9. birdmancometh says: Oct 7, 2010 10:35 AM

    Isn’t it funny how all of the moves New England makes draws comments like: “Big mistake, what are they thinking?! They are going to regret that!” Yet, in the end, it always seems like BB knows more than the idiots on PFT. Funny, that.

  10. andyprough says: Oct 7, 2010 10:40 AM

    Jets coaches and management must be having a good laugh this week.
    Interesting the comparison of how the Jets and Patriots handled their personnel problems. Jets allow Revis to hold out, but continue to express their love for him, and eventually get him back at a reasonable price. However, the Patriots can’t stand for the league’s top scoring threat to say anything bad about them, so after the first month they ship him off for a 3rd rounder.
    I think a lot of it has to do with the coaches. Ryan is boisterous and outgoing and tries to connect with guys. He seems to want his top guys to think he has their back, and seems to instill a sense of loyalty. Belichick, on the other hand, is so reserved that he probably does not connect as well with the players, and may feel more threatened in terms of his authority if his star players question the organization publicly.

  11. bparkerd says: Oct 7, 2010 10:43 AM

    “eyes for Reche Caldwell”… Well played, Mr. Rosenthal

  12. habibfromnewdehli says: Oct 7, 2010 10:54 AM

    Surprised they haven’t already signed Kelley Washington. There is no reason that guy should not be on an NFL team. He’s a very good receiver, and should definitely be starting over many receivers in the league right now.
    Make it happen, Pats. Get Kelley!

  13. JCD says: Oct 7, 2010 10:56 AM

    “Eyes” for Reche Caldwell, nicely done LOL

  14. GRpatriot says: Oct 7, 2010 10:56 AM

    Mistake, they’ll have a completly new look offense to show the Ravens after the buy!
    The defense will key on who? Welker, can’t cover him anyway! Tate? Woodhead?
    They’ll have an entire new look with 3 wins in the bank!

  15. BenRapistberger says: Oct 7, 2010 11:05 AM

    “Nope, the team doesn’t have eyes for Reche Caldwell again.”
    One-liner of the year.

  16. djmoore914 says: Oct 7, 2010 11:08 AM

    I agree Greggers, the eyes comment is well placed. Kudos.

  17. Jangles says: Oct 7, 2010 11:12 AM

    andyprough –
    That makes sense, considering that everyone who has worked up BB or played for him says that he is extremely personable with the team.
    Also, the Patriots didn’t ship Randy out because he said bad things about the team (he didn’t), they shipped him out because they believed he would negatively effect the development of their young players AND because the season doesn’t ride on Randy Moss.
    For the Patriots to make the postseason, their defense has to step up. That has nothing to do with Randy Moss. He’s gone at the end of the year anyway.
    And, if you truly believe that the offense is going to become ineffective without him, remember that this is the team that spent five years without a guy like Randy and won three super bowls and appeared in an AFC Championship game.
    There’s no doubt the team is going to suffer, but don’t blow this out of proportion.
    Also, it is silly to compare BB to Rex Ryan. They obviously have different coaching styles, different wants and desires in players, and different fundamental approaches to the same problems. To say, or imply, the Rex Ryan is better at managing a team than BB is silly. We have no idea if he’s a good coach or not. Not yet, at least.

  18. CollegeToPros says: Oct 7, 2010 11:13 AM

    I would love to have Branch back.
    still got his jersey and would love to bring it back out.
    6th round pick for Branch. just do it.

  19. GaryWheeler84 says: Oct 7, 2010 11:13 AM

    Pats looking to bring in Deion Branch? What, Randy Vataha wasn’t available?

  20. Kevin C says: Oct 7, 2010 11:18 AM

    GRpatriot says:
    October 7, 2010 10:12 AM
    Great locker room guy! SB MVP who hasn’t been used correctly since he left the Patriots!
    Uh… It’s a little hard to “correctly” use a guy that’s injured every year.

  21. brady12 says: Oct 7, 2010 11:30 AM

    Their getting the old band back together…I like it. Everyone has their role and execute the plan. The Patriot way!!!

  22. HarrisonHits says: Oct 7, 2010 11:33 AM

    “Jets allow Revis to hold out, but continue to express their love for him, and eventually get him back at a reasonable price.”
    @andyprough,
    So you think 16 mil a year is a reasonable price for a corner ? ROFL glad you’re not making business and budgetary decisions for the Pats.
    Especially since Revis immediately after signing the extension indicated it was likely he’d be holding out again within 2 years.
    Reasonable ROFL yeah right.

  23. Iron Wolf says: Oct 7, 2010 11:44 AM

    Andyprough:
    Definitely a difference in philosophy. When the Pats had more veteran leaders, a cancer like Corey Dillon or Moss could be tolerated. Not now. Belichick is trying to raise the next generation of players, and team first is paramount. No sane person will argue that the Pats are better right now on the field, but in terms of what kind of locker room Belichick wants, I understand the move. Don’t love it, but understand it.
    Belichick connects deeply with those players that share his philosophy. It’s all about the right mix.

  24. volsunghawk says: Oct 7, 2010 11:45 AM

    “Great locker room guy! SB MVP who hasn’t been used correctly since he left the Patriots!”
    Hard to use a guy that’s been broken half the time he’s been in Seattle. His numbers, when healthy, have been just as good in Seattle as they were in New England… he just hasn’t been on the field as much due to injury.

  25. rusH1023 says: Oct 7, 2010 11:46 AM

    # andyprough says: October 7, 2010 10:40 AM
    Jets coaches and management must be having a good laugh this week.
    Interesting the comparison of how the Jets and Patriots handled their personnel problems…
    ____________________________
    Spoken like a guy who has no idea how the Patriots organization works, outside what the national media has told him. Belichick maintains a professional relationship with most players on the team. True. There are exceptions, though. His veteran leaders, for instance, have a lot of weight with respect to their ability to sound off with decision-making, both on and off field. I guarantee Brady was involved with the Moss situation. But Belichick isn’t the “alpha dog, control-freak, imperialist asshole” he’s depicted to be. Not completely, anyway. He runs a tight ship, but there are many more moving parts than a casual observer would ever know. At any rate, comparing them to New York is a straight-up joke.

  26. shaggeez says: Oct 7, 2010 11:52 AM

    the great thing about these top organizations like the patriots or colts is that, at the end of the day, they have their franchise qbs to carry them to at worst, an wild card berth year after year after year. so despite this being kind of a ‘transitional’ year, with the defense still trying to figure some things out, the patriots continue to look pretty good at 3-1 . contrast that with other franchises, such as the 49ers, raiders, bills, browns, etc., that permanently seem to be in a transition period. patriots, as opposed to the vikings, are in it for the long haul and building the next dynasty as we speak with a young defense and relatively young offense as well. look at all the moves they could make given the massive amount of high draft picks they have in the upcoming draft. if they really needed to, they could make some major noise with a couple blockbuster trades.

  27. jdavy says: Oct 7, 2010 11:54 AM

    Did you forget about Wes Welker? Not like he has anything to do with their passing attack or anything…

  28. adrenalineno_9 says: Oct 7, 2010 12:03 PM

    Jangles says:
    October 7, 2010 11:12 AM
    andyprough –
    That makes sense, considering that everyone who has worked up BB or played for him says that he is extremely personable with the team.
    Also, the Patriots didn’t ship Randy out because he said bad things about the team (he didn’t), they shipped him out because they believed he would negatively effect the development of their young players AND because the season doesn’t ride on Randy Moss.
    For the Patriots to make the postseason, their defense has to step up. That has nothing to do with Randy Moss. He’s gone at the end of the year anyway.
    And, if you truly believe that the offense is going to become ineffective without him, remember that this is the team that spent five years without a guy like Randy and won three super bowls and appeared in an AFC Championship game.
    There’s no doubt the team is going to suffer, but don’t blow this out of proportion.
    Also, it is silly to compare BB to Rex Ryan. They obviously have different coaching styles, different wants and desires in players, and different fundamental approaches to the same problems. To say, or imply, the Rex Ryan is better at managing a team than BB is silly. We have no idea if he’s a good coach or not. Not yet, at least.
    ———————————————–
    Actually, Moss wanted to get traded, so they traded him. They didn’t want anything else to escalate. Now we get to watch Randy rip it up with the Vikings, much better than watching him play for the classless Patsies. If you remember right, Pats haven’t won shit since they got caught videotaping other teams defenses. But Pats fans tend to forget this.

  29. CollegeToPros says: Oct 7, 2010 12:23 PM

    Dont ever compare the jets to the Patriots organization.
    The Patriots have been solid for over a decade including 3 super bowl wins.
    the jets have done a great job of attempting to piss us off, but really they have been little parasites in the Patriots picture.
    congrats jets, your finally good after 10 years. hats off to u in needing an uncapped year to catch up to the Patriots. really bravo!
    get outa here. u havent done a thing yet and u know it jets fans.
    Bill has outlasted how many jets coaches? oh and by the way, next season if there is football, we will be better and your team will be in decline bc we dont mortgage our future for 1 run.
    The Patriots were in rebuilding year 1 last year and won the division. and we are still here with a strong team and a UNITED TEAM.

  30. lineblacker says: Oct 7, 2010 12:26 PM

    Branch? Oh yeah, he’s definitely an upgrade from Moss….NOT!!! Are you kiddin me?!
    Pats won’t make the playoffs this year!

  31. andyprough says: Oct 7, 2010 12:27 PM

    Jangles says: October 7, 2010 11:12 AM
    “For the Patriots to make the postseason, their defense has to step up. That has nothing to do with Randy Moss. He’s gone at the end of the year anyway.”
    ================
    The whole point of the original article by Rosenthal is that the Patriots recognize that the loss of Randy Moss has put them in need of another receiver, and that they are thinking about bringing back Deion Branch. How can you say they are not aware of their need for Moss or some type of replacement?
    All I am saying is that the Jets would probably find a way to keep him on the roster, if they wanted to keep him. Kind of a strange move by the Patriots, given that they have already lost to the Jets and are therefore behind them in the division. To send the league leader in TD’s for the past 3 years for a 3rd rounder, just because he was making some angry remarks about getting an extension? Very strange – almost chaotic front office behavior. I’m starting to think that the Patriots miss Scott Pioli a lot more than has been acknowledged.

  32. Doctor Connors says: Oct 7, 2010 12:27 PM

    If “not winning shit” means no titles, then 29 NFL teams haven’t won shit since spygate. They did go 18-1 one year, and 11-5 with Matt Cassel another.
    And those defensive signals sure helped out the Patriots in 2001. You know, when they scored 3 offensive touchdowns in three playoff games.
    16 points against the Raiders, 24 against the Steelers (14 off of special teams, a FG block and a punt return), and 20 against the Rams (7 off a Ty Law pick).
    Boy, I don’t know how they managed such an offensive output without those magical, amazing, signals.

  33. Grape_Ape says: Oct 7, 2010 12:37 PM

    Actually, Moss wanted to get traded, so they traded him. They didn’t want anything else to escalate. Now we get to watch Randy rip it up with the Vikings, much better than watching him play for the classless Patsies. If you remember right, Pats haven’t won shit since they got caught videotaping other teams defenses. But Pats fans tend to forget this.
    ————————————-
    This is always a LAME argument!! So they are 2 minutes away from going 19-0, but they didn’t because a guy that’s not even in the league today makes one of the most amazing catches in Super Bowl history and it was because they had no video of the Giants defence.
    MORON!!

  34. BC says: Oct 7, 2010 12:44 PM

    Bring back Irving Fryar!

  35. JoeSixPack says: Oct 7, 2010 1:24 PM

    Isn’t Tom Curran the same reporter who said that rumors of a Moss Trade were false?
    Isn’t he the same reporter who’s sources told him that Tom Brady would miss 2009 because he suffered an infection in his knee?
    Perhaps Curran can clarify whether his source about Branch is the same one he’s turned to in the other instances or not.

  36. Pastabelly says: Oct 7, 2010 1:37 PM

    Branch can thank Tom Brady for his large free agent/trade score with the Seahawks. He can get in line behind David Givens. So, he gets behind Welker and Edelman for the slot receiver position?

  37. Hawkfan50 says: Oct 7, 2010 2:43 PM

    We’ll take a 5th rounder with the possibility of it turning into a 4th if he can stay healthy for the rest of the season …

  38. #12inSeattle says: Oct 7, 2010 4:06 PM

    @# Hawkfan50 says: October 7, 2010 2:43 PM
    We’ll take a 5th rounder with the possibility of it turning into a 4th if he can stay healthy for the rest of the season …
    ________________________________________________
    We also have a nice bridge we are trying to sell;-)

  39. steelerfan9598 says: Oct 7, 2010 7:51 PM

    “eyes for Reche Caldwell”… Well played, Mr. Rosenthal
    What he said – Classic. Dude looks like one of those freaky ass goldfish.

  40. BAMNATION says: Oct 8, 2010 3:00 AM

    Stanley Morgan was a beast with YAC for NE in the 80′s. Should they bring him back too?
    If they make a trade, then trade for the future with an OLB that can get to the QB!
    The team doesn’t need a broken WR!

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