Seahawks, Patriots talking of possible Deion Branch trade
Wide receiver Deion Branch could be traded to New England, the team from whom Seattle acquired him in 2006. The teams are talking.
Seattle Times staff reporter
The Seahawks have a bye this weekend, the players given four days off before returning on Monday.
That doesn't mean the team is idle, though. Not with the Seahawks being one of the most active teams in the league in terms of roster moves.
One possibility to keep an eye on is that wide receiver Deion Branch would be traded to New England, the team from whom Seattle acquired him in 2006.
It's premature to say a trade is on the table, but discussions had taken place as of Wednesday night. By Thursday, the possibility of a deal was mentioned both in Seattle and in New England.
The Patriots traded Randy Moss to Minnesota earlier this week. Branch remains a local favorite in Boston, and quarterback Tom Brady is especially fond of him.
The Seahawks have six receivers on the 53-man roster after adding Brandon Stokley.
While Branch was only targeted twice in Sunday's loss in St. Louis and finished with one catch for 10 yards, he has started three games this season and currently ranks second on the team with 13 receptions.
The possibility of Branch returning to New England has been discussed as far back as February, but Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has been consistent in his assessment that Branch is a big part of Seattle's offensive plans.
Branch, 31, is in his fifth season with the Seahawks after he was acquired from the Patriots in 2006 for a first-round draft pick.
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