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.

41 responses to “Pats sever ties with Deion Branch

  1. “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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. “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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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

    Only if McElroy is going to throw him the ball.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. “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.

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

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

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

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

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. “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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