Found February 27, 2012 on The Rap Sheet:
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One virtually ignored free-agent question the Patriots have leading up to March 13 is veteran WR Deion Branch. Their former draft pick, the last WR they hit on, resurrected his career in New England over the past two seasons. He’s been a key part of two stellar regular seasons since coming over from Seattle, with 51 catches for 702 yards this season. When QB Tom Brady is in trouble, it’s often Branch he’ll find. But the team is looking to get more athletic at receiver. Yet Branch will be 33 by next season, and he clearly can’t run like he used to. Would the Patriots bring him back for one more season — or more? Or is it time to cut bait and start over? With the expectation that they’ll franchise tag Wes Welker, Branch’s spot opposite Welker is a hole. Yahoo! Sports’ Jason Cole ran into Branch in Indy this week. The veteran was optimistic that his recent talks with the Patriots would be fruitful. “Gotta retire as a Pat,” Branch said. We’ll see if that happens….
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