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.