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interesting clip re: Branch from ESPN.com

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  • rogue35lk
    As for Branch, to update: The Patriots reportedly have offered their leading receiver (in two of the past three seasons) a three-year extension, through 2009,
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 22, 2006
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      As for Branch, to update: The Patriots reportedly have offered their
      leading receiver (in two of the past three seasons) a three-year
      extension, through 2009, worth $19 million that includes $8 million
      in bonuses. Branch's agent, Jason Chayut, hasn't so much as countered
      that offer. Word is Branch wants a deal that averages $8 million to
      $9 million per season and includes $12 million in bonuses. There's
      also been talk that he wants a contract similar to the six-year, $39
      million deal (including a $13.5 million bonus) the Colts' Reggie
      Wayne received this year just before he was to become a free agent.


      There was talk last week that the Patriots might have increased their
      offer to four years, $24 million, with $10 million in bonuses, but
      both Chayut and a high-ranking team official said that was not the
      case. Fact is the sides aren't even negotiating; Chayut says he and
      the Patriots haven't talked since before camp.


      Chayut has said that Branch would report if the team would promise
      not to use the franchise designation after the season. Short of such
      an agreement, the signs point to Branch, who can be fined up to
      $14,000 a day, sitting out well into the season.


      Of course, Branch has outperformed his contract. He deserves to be
      fairly compensated for catching 21 passes in two Super Bowls (he was
      the MVP of XXXIX) and averaging 20 yards on 41 career postseason
      receptions. His value to the team is far greater than the $1.045
      million he is to make this season, the last of his rookie contract.


      But the Patriots aren't about to give in to Branch's demands. Before
      they do, they'll bring Jerry Rice out of retirement as they did with
      Junior Seau. They won't panic because their QB is money, especially
      with a running game he can count on.


      Sure, New England's offense will miss a beat. Branch is by far the
      Patriots' best receiver. But Brady and his band will play on. And
      play well.



      ***** I'll say again, personally I love Branch, however, if he
      thinks he is worth $9 Million a year, he has been hanging out with
      Ricky Williams way too much.
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