Patriots receiver Deion Branch has lost some mustard off his forty time, turns 33 before next season, and is an impending free agent. But he believes he’s got something left to offer, and wants to stay in New England.
“This is where I want to be, this is where I want to retire,” said Branch after Sunday’s loss to the Giants. “This is why I came back, for the opportunity to play in this game. I’m pretty sure I will be here in this position next year.”
It may be wishful thinking on Branch’s part. The Patriots’ lack of a vertical threat was more apparent than ever in Super Bowl XLVI. Branch is an outside receiver in New England’s offense, but he struggles to get open downfield at this stage of his career.
The Pats may consider bringing Branch back, but it would figure to be on a one-year deal for around the veteran’s minimum. Julian Edelman and Chad Ochocinco are New England’s only receivers under contract for 2012. It’s going to be a position they remake this offseason.