Found September 01, 2012 on USA Sports 360:

The New England Patriots parted ways with Deion Branch when they trimmed the teams roster down to 53 yesterday. Branch who was drafted by the team in 2002 then traded to the Seahawks for very little in 2006 only to return to the Patriots after five seasons with Seattle has finally seen his career in a Patriots uniform come to an end. It happens to the best of them, they get older and they lose a step. Branch played in 15 games for New England last year and caught 51 passes for 702 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Many thought Branch had one more year with the team, Belichick and his brain trust didn’t see it that way. Branch was one of the veterans the Patriots parted ways with in the teams cuts to get to 53.  When you look back on the career of Branch for the Patriots, his finest year came in 2003 when he caught 57 passes for 803 yards and a 14.1 average. Last season wasn’t that far off for the veteran. He probably could have played one more year in a New England uniform, it just wasn’t in the cards. Branch may get picked up by another team who could use another receiver. One team that comes to mind is the Seattle Seahawks. They were desperate enough to give Terrell Owens a shot. Branch’s phone should be ringing already…..


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