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Pats sever ties with Deion Branch

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Six years ago, Deion Branch couldn’t wait to get out of New England.  Today, the team has decided that it’s time to move on.

Branch, the Super Bowl XXXIX MVP, has been released by the Patriots, according to Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe.

Traded to Seattle in 2006, Branch returned to the Patriots in 2010 after several disappointing seasons with the Seahawks.  He was believed to be on the bubble, but the team’s decision to cut Donte’ Stallworth and Jabar Gaffney earlier this week seemed to suggest Branch would be safe.

Ultimately, he wasn’t.

The 10-year veteran will become a free agent the moment tonight’s transaction report is released.  He most likely will draw interest elsewhere.

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41 Responses to “Pats sever ties with Deion Branch”
  1. Ghost Rat says: Aug 31, 2012 1:44 PM

    Thank you for your service, Deion!

  2. blackandbluedivision says: Aug 31, 2012 1:45 PM

    It’s a wrap son!

  3. AlanSaysYo says: Aug 31, 2012 1:47 PM

    Jeff Ireland on lines 1, 2, 3, and 4.

  4. jets13 says: Aug 31, 2012 1:48 PM

    this has jets all over it, not saying it’ll work out, but they will def. look at him

  5. maven2222 says: Aug 31, 2012 1:48 PM

    “Six years ago, Deion Branch couldn’t wait to get out of New England.”

    Where do you get this? He held out for more money. He never asked to be released/traded. He was sad to leave.

  6. matt14gg says: Aug 31, 2012 1:50 PM

    Guessing BB told Stallworth, Gaffney and Branch to go get the best deal you can elsewhere, if not we may be calling you after week 1. Tough day all over the NFL, but in the end it isn’t personal, it’s just business.

  7. Mike Florio says: Aug 31, 2012 1:51 PM

    He eventually demanded a trade and eventually got one.

  8. bullcharger says: Aug 31, 2012 1:52 PM

    That’s too bad. I guess they see Hernandez being on the field all the time.

  9. andrewproughcfe says: Aug 31, 2012 1:54 PM

    That’s a real shame – now Branch will never have an untainted ring that he could actually show off to his friends – like Hines and Plax and Santonio have.

  10. dbarnes79 says: Aug 31, 2012 1:54 PM

    He will find a place somewhere. Miami? Seatttle?

  11. freshnsoclean says: Aug 31, 2012 1:54 PM

    Vikings please do something right for once and get another WR to compliment Percy. This wouldn’t be a bad start.

  12. nygdefenserules says: Aug 31, 2012 1:57 PM

    When will the Branch to Miami rumors start….if they haven’t already

  13. mixjuan says: Aug 31, 2012 1:58 PM

    Wow… that is tough. Too few years here, Deion. I wish we could have seen you more with Brady. Thank you for the great years of service! Best of luck man!

  14. berniemadoffsides says: Aug 31, 2012 2:01 PM

    100% Miami-bound.

  15. bullcharger says: Aug 31, 2012 2:02 PM

    andrewproughcfe says:Aug 31, 2012 1:54 PM

    That’s a real shame – now Branch will never have an untainted ring that he could actually show off to his friends – like Hines and Plax and Santonio have.

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    Holmes and Plax? One is a team destroying idiot and the other shot himself. Whatever they have I am sure Branch wants none of it.

  16. rickrock6661982 says: Aug 31, 2012 2:03 PM

    Branch will return once Lloyd flops

    Just watch

  17. cheers4ablumpkin says: Aug 31, 2012 2:04 PM

    Ravens need to sign him. With bolden Torrey branch will be a stud in that offense

  18. brazzz01 says: Aug 31, 2012 2:04 PM

    As for Deion… he’ll be back for less I think.

  19. dogman9 says: Aug 31, 2012 2:07 PM

    Deion will look real good in NY Jets green and white.

  20. S says: Aug 31, 2012 2:13 PM

    This is ridiculous. Reminds me of cutting Brandon Merriweather and James Sanders a week before the season starts and then rolling out Julian Edleman and Sergio Brown for secondary help.

    Stupid.

  21. brazzz01 says: Aug 31, 2012 2:15 PM

    “That’s a real shame – now Branch will never have an untainted ring that he could actually show off to his friends – like Hines and Plax and Santonio have.”

    Plax has one legit ring.

    The refs gave Hines and Santonio theirs.

    Try again.

  22. sjhesketh says: Aug 31, 2012 2:17 PM

    Vets that come back after week 1 have their salaries non-guaranteed. Wouldn’t be a shock to see him (or Gaffney) back after the Titans game.

  23. sjhesketh says: Aug 31, 2012 2:18 PM

    This is ridiculous. Reminds me of cutting Brandon Merriweather and James Sanders a week before the season starts and then rolling out Julian Edleman and Sergio Brown for secondary help.
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    You do realize that Meriweather was terrible for Chicago yes? You do realize that despite the absence of game-changer James Sanders the team did manage to make the SB, yes?

    Sometimes I wonder if I’m watching different games than some other folks here.

  24. brazzz01 says: Aug 31, 2012 2:22 PM

    “Deion will look real good in NY Jets green and white.”

    Only if McElroy is going to throw him the ball.

  25. j98me2 says: Aug 31, 2012 2:22 PM

    My guess is they want to bring him back for less money or they feel Jabar will be healthy soon and resigning with the team.

    They could also just be planning to use as primarily a WR. McDanials was never a big two TE guy.

    Can’t imagine them getting anything meaningful off waivers since they are so low on the list.

  26. bingobrown12 says: Aug 31, 2012 2:24 PM

    S says: Aug 31, 2012 2:13 PM

    This is ridiculous. Reminds me of cutting Brandon Merriweather and James Sanders a week before the season starts and then rolling out Julian Edleman and Sergio Brown for secondary help.

    Stupid.
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    And yet were one play from winning it all.

    Yeah very stupid.

  27. vcupats says: Aug 31, 2012 2:24 PM

    The Branch trade 6 years ago kicked off a bizarre turn for this franchise. They were a balanced team that would take down high-powered offenses with suspect defenses like the Colts. Then they fell in the AFC title game because they had Tom Brady throwing to Reche “Bug Eyes” Caldwell and they got a little too carried away with improving the passing game (they didn’t really need Moss, just some reliable targets). So from then on they were running up scores, breaking records and ultimately failing when playoff defenses could step up and contain their pass-only offense.

  28. Patskrieg dot com says: Aug 31, 2012 2:27 PM

    Absolutely terrible cut. Branch looked great in the preseason. The Pats have no one else to fill his spot. Unless he has an injury we don’t know about this is another moment of Belichick outsmarting himself. There is no way this doesn’t come back to haunt the Patriots.

  29. scotchrocks says: Aug 31, 2012 2:40 PM

    Definitely not a Steelers fan but Ward got a “legit” ring against the Cards.

    As for Branch, I wouldn’t be excited if the Ravens signed him. His value was to the Patriots. Outside of their system, I think he’s average at best.

  30. grandpoopah says: Aug 31, 2012 2:57 PM

    Maybe I’m reading too much into this, but it seems to me like affirmation of the team’s faith in Brandon Lloyd. I’m excited to see what he can do in that role in that offense.

  31. wikidpissah says: Aug 31, 2012 2:58 PM

    dbarnes79 says: Aug 31, 2012 1:54 PM

    He will find a place somewhere. Miami? Seatttle?

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    He’ll be in Foxborough.

  32. blackandbluedivision says: Aug 31, 2012 3:06 PM

    maven2222 says:
    Aug 31, 2012 1:48 PM
    “Six years ago, Deion Branch couldn’t wait to get out of New England.”

    Where do you get this? He held out for more money. He never asked to be released/traded. He was sad to leave.
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    He was sad to leave but he filed a grievance against the team because they didn’t trade him when he wanted.

  33. brazzz01 says: Aug 31, 2012 3:07 PM

    “His value was to the Patriots. Outside of their system, I think he’s average at best.”

    I think his Seahawks experience proved that he needs the right system which that one was not. The Pats offense thrives on route running and that’s what he does (did?) well.

  34. brazzz01 says: Aug 31, 2012 3:54 PM

    “Definitely not a Steelers fan but Ward got a “legit” ring against the Cards.”

    Nope, that game was tainted by the officiating as well.

  35. phillyphann83 says: Aug 31, 2012 4:02 PM

    he won’t be unemployed long and he won’t be back in NE, someone will take him before NE is allowed to.

  36. stevincinci says: Aug 31, 2012 4:13 PM

    Bengals. No legit #2 on the roster.

  37. harry1941 says: Aug 31, 2012 5:09 PM

    The Jets may take him, if he’ is still healthy, and hasn’t lost a step or two. Can he block for Sanchaz?

  38. jprcox says: Aug 31, 2012 8:28 PM

    As a Seattle fan I can tell you it appeared Branch was one of those guys looking for his payday. Once he got it, football didn’t interest him and he gave up. This guy is all about money.

  39. patsfiend says: Sep 1, 2012 12:47 AM

    I don’t think Branch is going to be too good anywhere but in New England. He’s not fast and only got open because of his weird mind meld with Brady. My guess is Pats will be calling him up in a few weeks.

  40. patsfiend says: Sep 1, 2012 12:49 AM

    And the Steelers win against the Cardinals was legit, btw.

  41. brazzz01 says: Sep 1, 2012 8:29 PM

    “And the Steelers win against the Cardinals was legit, btw.”

    Not if Woodley’s obvious block in the back that sprung Harrison to the pick 6 wasn’t flagged like it should have been.

    And definitely not if Kurt Warner’s non fumble wasn’t even reviewed and Warner was denied a rightful one last shot at a game winning TD in Steeler territory.

    I wonder how much the Rooneys paid for that?

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