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Deion Branch was surprised Patriots cut him, hopes to return

New England Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch is pictured before the NFL's Super Bowl XLVI football game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots in Indianapolis Indiana Reuters

Deion Branch hasn’t found a new NFL home since the Patriots cut him on August 31, but he’d love to find himself back in New England.

Branch, who attended the Patriots Hall of Fame induction of former teammate Troy Brown today, told ESPNBoston.com that he hopes the Patriots find a spot for him at some point this season.

“If I’m there, I’d love to be back. I’d embrace it and pick up right where I left off at,” Branch said.

The Patriots don’t have much of a need for Branch right now — their offense looked just fine in Week One — but if one of the starting receivers, Wes Welker or Brandon Lloyd, were to suffer an injury, it’s possible they could decide to give Branch a call. Branch said it surprises him that he’s not on the Patriots right now, but he also realizes that Bill Belichick isn’t going to keep him on the roster for sentimentality.

“I think all of us are surprised,” Branch said. “But it’s the nature of the business, it’s part of the business. . . . I think the organization is going to do what’s best for the team, whatever they feel is best for the team, and you have to respect that, and I do.”

There was a time when Branch was eager to leave New England, and he got his wish in 2006 when the Patriots traded him to Seattle. Now that his second stint with the Patriots has come and gone, he realizes there’s no place he’d rather play.

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14 Responses to “Deion Branch was surprised Patriots cut him, hopes to return”
  1. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 15, 2012 9:26 PM

    Dude is done. Maybe now he will humble himself.

  2. mikealstott says: Sep 15, 2012 9:32 PM

    Deion Branch is so old when he gets tackled he farts dust….

  3. talkingproud says: Sep 15, 2012 9:52 PM

    The only way of him getting back on the Patriots roster is if he started playing tight end.

  4. j0esixpack says: Sep 15, 2012 10:48 PM

    Haters will hate.

    But Players want to play for the Patriots.

    That’s the bottom line.

  5. bh83 says: Sep 15, 2012 11:07 PM

    What’s with the hate for Deion Branch? First of all he’s a class act, no arrests, well spoken, very intelligent. Second he is a decent reciver who saw an opportunity to make some money for him and his family, )who can blame him). Third, he is still a smart serviceable receiver who will bring nothing but leadership to a team. I hope the patriots re-sign him.

  6. swagger52 says: Sep 15, 2012 11:28 PM

    Doesn’t he realize he is of no use to the Patriots. Brady can’t throw the ball 30 yards. Brady needs to throw a 5-10 yard pass to to a Tight End or a slot Receiver and have them run for 30 yards. When Brady throws the long ball, it floats and a good safety will pick it off.

  7. bingobrown12 says: Sep 16, 2012 12:03 AM

    Its been reported that his locker with his personal belongings is still there next to Bradys.Odds say
    he will be back later in the season.

  8. medialovesthecowboys says: Sep 16, 2012 1:21 AM

    Welker better take note. That’s him in a few years. Lol @ Patriot players who are trash playing anywhere else.

  9. cylondetector says: Sep 16, 2012 3:31 AM

    With the Patriots operating out of a base 2TE set (and even 3 TE on occasion) there really isn’t that much call for a whole bunch of WR’s on the roster.

    The guys who aren’t starters (WR3+WR4) are going to need to have special teams value.

    This is why Branch isn’t on the roster.

  10. eventhorizon04 says: Sep 16, 2012 3:41 AM

    He’s unsigned because he’s never accomplished anything not wearing a Patriots uniform.

    And he’s not on the Patriots right now because he’s a veteran (so his salary is higher), and between Gronk, Hernandez, Welker, Lloyd, and screen passes to the running backs, there simply aren’t enough passes to go around, plus he can’t contribute on special teams.

    He’s a injury insurance for Lloyd, in my opinion (Edelman would take over for Welker), and that’s it.

  11. NakedCowboy! says: Sep 16, 2012 4:42 AM

    he might be old but his chemistry with brady and his route running make him very productive… he is a very good 3rd option…

    but they dont really need him right now… he doesn’t have any special teams value as well…

    I just dont see him being productive with any other team but pats…hope to see him back with pats if a WR/TE gets hurt…

  12. xxsweepthelegxx says: Sep 16, 2012 7:16 AM

    swagger52 says:Sep 15, 2012 11:28 PM

    Doesn’t he realize he is of no use to the Patriots. Brady can’t throw the ball 30 yards. Brady needs to throw a 5-10 yard pass to to a Tight End or a slot Receiver and have them run for 30 yards. When Brady throws the long ball, it floats and a good safety will pick it off.
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    Awwww…..did someone finish their bottle and now can’t find their binky??? Poor little jealous fella.
    The dude has the most TDs in a single season with 50…Randy Moss was on the team that year, and he had 23 of them… There were more bombs thrown that year than I can ever remember. You come off very jealous and uneducated when you write stupidity like that. Im a huge Pats fan, but you wont ever find me saying “Peyton Manning sucks….he’s terrible.”

  13. jolink653 says: Sep 16, 2012 11:55 AM

    Branch isn’t signed because at this point in his career he has no value to anyone else except the Patriots…He knows the system, excels in it, and has a good working relationship with Brady…I’m sure he’ll be back here soon since we’re past Week 1 and contracts aren’t guaranteed anymore…Obviously he’s not as loved as someone like Troy Brown but all Patriots fans should like this guy and can respect what he’s brought to the team

  14. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 16, 2012 1:08 PM

    xxsweepthelegxx says: Sep 16, 2012 7:16 AM

    swagger52 says:Sep 15, 2012 11:28 PM

    Doesn’t he realize he is of no use to the Patriots. Brady can’t throw the ball 30 yards. Brady needs to throw a 5-10 yard pass to to a Tight End or a slot Receiver and have them run for 30 yards. When Brady throws the long ball, it floats and a good safety will pick it off.
    ——————————–
    Awwww…..did someone finish their bottle and now can’t find their binky??? Poor little jealous fella.
    The dude has the most TDs in a single season with 50…Randy Moss was on the team that year, and he had 23 of them… There were more bombs thrown that year than I can ever remember. You come off very jealous and uneducated when you write stupidity like that. Im a huge Pats fan, but you wont ever find me saying “Peyton Manning sucks….he’s terrible.”
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    No, he’s actually right. Brady isn’t accurate as the other elite QBs when deep passing. Hasn’t been since Moss left.

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