Branch to come back?
- CBS/Sportsline reports - According to an unconfirmed
source, CBS SportsLine.com has learned that WR Deion
Branch, holding out of Patriots camp, is planning a
return to the team within a week. The source, who
spoke on the condition of anonymity but does have
knowledge of the situation, says Branch wants to "pull
a T.O." and do whatever it takes to force the team to
trade him, release him or not franchise tag him.
Branch is in the final year of his contract, which
pays him a little over $1 million -- a bargain
considering the salaries of players around the league
with a profile as high as Branch. The Patriots
recently gave Branch time to seek a trade with another
club, but as of now no trade is expected to happen.
Analysis: Based on what we've seen this preseason, the
Patriots need Branch more than Branch needs the
Patriots. He's a fantastic receiver capable of
900-to-1,000-yard seasons and can break short catches
into long runs. As of now, Branch is slipping in
drafts into middle-round territory, and that's a
bargain considering that he'll play for a chunk of the
regular season, if not all 16 games, most likely for
the Patriots. Consider him a fair No. 2 Fantasy WR
worth a pick between Rounds 6 and 8. He should be
drafted once most of the top-25 wideouts are snagged.
** This is no resolution to the impasse - Branch is
pissed because he knows what he is worth (the figure
John Clayton is quoting id $6.3M a season) and knows
the Pats won't match it. Further, because of the high
salary number, the Patriots want a 1st round pick,
which no team is going to give and pay the high
salary. They will just have to wait until next year
when all teams will have a shot at him in Free Agency.
"It's beocome quite apparent, Bill Belichick could put Diet Pepsi Machine in his secondary and everything will still be copasetic." - Rich Eisen NFL Network
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- At 08:26 PM 8/29/2006 -0700, you wrote:
>The source, whoThis seems to be more of "I am more important than the team, my teamates,
>spoke on the condition of anonymity but does have
>knowledge of the situation, says Branch wants to "pull
>a T.O." and do whatever it takes to force the team to
>trade him, release him or not franchise tag him.
the season, the coaches and the fans." Hope it ain't true but if it is
Branch really needs to find another place to play.