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"I think it was just more so something that I was dealing with; it's nothing bad at all," Branch said today. "I just always wanted to be around champions. It's always good to have that feeling and to know what you're surrounded with."
With the adjustments, Branch now stands to make a base salary of $2.2 million -- down from $5.95 million -- in 2011,his final year of a six-year deal. Incentives, however, could have Branch earning as much as $4 million.
The number is now closer to Wes Welker's base salary of $2.15 million in 2011.
Branch said it's just part of what it took to get him back in New England.
"Sometimes it is, it's hard to say," Branch said. "For me, personally, yeah. ... That's part of the agreement we worked out. Both parties sat down and we got something done that we both feel satisfied with."
Deion Branch is officially back with the New England Patriots, the team announced early Tuesday afternoon. In exchange for the wide receiver, the team sent an "undisclosed draft pick" to Seattle, though it is widely reported to be a fourth-round pick in 2011.
To make room for Branch, the Patriots placed Nick Kaczur on the injured reserve list with a back injury.
Branch passed his physical Tuesday morning, and is expected to practice with the team today.
For more on the addition of Branch, visit Pats Pulpit.
Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on WEEI's Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning, and took time to offer his reaction and thoughts on the Patriots reacquiring Deion Branch: Brady does get a chance to connect with old buddy Branch, who came over in a trade last night from the Seahawks.
Brady mentioned that "he's caught a lot of deep balls in his career, but there's a lot of guys with explosiveness in the passing game." ...
With the Branch trade, Brady said he may have spoken with teammates about it, but "I never had one conversation with Coach Belichick about it. He knows what type of players he wants on this team. That's pretty much the same type as the Bruschis, the Vrabels, the McGinests, the Ty Laws. That's the type of character Deion is."
Brady was also quick to point out that a lot has changed since Branch left the Patriots, and that stepping back into the offense may not be so simple.
"I'm not sure how much Deion has retained over the years," Brady said. "He's a smart player, but he's certainly going to have his work cut out for him. Things aren't exactly the same as when we left, we've evolved quite a bit with the offense we're running. I'm sure there's a pretty steep learning curve, but hopefully he gets up to speed as much as possible. We need him this week."
While the country was watching Randy Moss play his first game since leaving the Patriots, his old team was busy working on a deal to bring in his replacement: New England traded to reacquire Deion Branch Monday night, sending a fourth-round pick to Seattle in return (whichever of the Patriots' two fourth-rounders is highest).
According to the Globe's Shalise Manza Young, the deal will become official Tuesday, assuming Branch passes his physical. His agent told the AP that Branch is "excited as can be."
While there's no official word from the Patriots, Deion Branch is preparing for his return to New England, and he's starting by saying goodbye to the Seahawks fans.
The Patriots have found what they hope will be the replacement for Randy Moss, and it's a familiar face: Deion Branch is headed back to New England after the Patriots reached a trade with the Seattle Seahawks for a fourth-round pick, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The deal comes just a few days after rumors began to fly that New England had its eye on Branch following their trade of Randy Moss to the Vikings, and on the same day that Branch was held out of Seattle's practice due to a "personal day."
In four games with Seattle this season, Branch has 13 receptions for 112 yards and a touchdown. The Seahawks are coming off their bye week -- the same as the Patriots, conveniently enough.
Branch spent the first four seasons of his career with New England (he was drafted by the Patriots in the second round of the 2002 Draft) before being traded to the Seahawks in 2006. He was a key member of the teams that won Super Bowl XXXVIII and XXXIX.
It's worth noting that Branch hasn't played a full season since his last year with the Patriots (2005-06 -- the only time in his career he's played 16 games), and his yards-per-catch average is a career-low 8.6.
For more on this trade, visit Pats Pulpit.
Even though there are rumors swirling that the New England Patriots are trying to trade for a marquee wide receiver to replace Randy Moss, it’s too early to tell if a sensible deal will materialize. For the time being at least, Wes Welker will be expected to pick up the production slack left by Moss’ departure. For a guy that underwent ACL surgery not too long ago, that may be a lot to ask, but if there’s anybody who’s up for it, it’s Welker.
When asked about the decision to trade Moss, Welker expressed that he was surprised — not by the fact that the Patriots traded him, but by how Moss was so interested in getting out of town.
Welker talked about the reports that Moss pushed for the trade. It was something that he was clearly not happy with hearing.
“I think that was kind of the difficult thing, just because he was the guy giving the pep talks before games and halftime, and after the game,” Welker said.
“Not knowing he wanted to be traded the whole time was a little bit disappointing. At the same time, he’s doing what’s best for him. It’s a business. You just have to roll with it.”
You can probably expect more of the same until an actual deal is done, but on Thursday evening, Tom Curran of Comcast SportsNet reported that the New England Patriots are in talks with the San Diego Chargers about a possible trade for wide receiver Vincent Jackson. The Patriots, of course, are searching for Randy Moss’s replacement after trading him away to the Minnesota Vikings earlier this week.
Talks are preliminary at this point but the idea of the Patriots acquiring Jackson in exchange for Logan Mankins is in play.
Mankins and Jackson are in identical contractual situations. They are restricted free agents in their fifth seasons in the league. Had the expiring CBA not intervened, both would have been free agents last offseason. Both men have opted to sit out rather than play for their tender offers.
On Branch: knowing Moss trade was coming, Brady has been lobbying him over last week; P. Carroll reluctant to let him go
It'd make sense that head coach Pete Carroll is "reluctant to let him go." Losing Branch would leave Seattle with a WR group of second-year guy Deon Butler, disappointing pro Mike Williams (the USC one) and Ben Obomanu, he of the career-high 12 catches.
According to multiple reports -- CSNNE.com's Tom Curran, the Herald's Ian Rapoport and the Globe's Shalise Manza Young -- there is talk circulating that the Patriots are discussing bringing back Deion Branch.
With the dust settling from the Moss deal, the Patriots will likely look to add at wide receiver. And an old, familiar face could be in mix
Branch spent the first four seasons of his career with New England (he was drafted by the Patriots in the second round of the 2002 Draft) before being traded to the Seattle Seahawks in 2006.
In four games this season, Branch has 13 receptions for 112 yards and a touchdown.
It's important to note that it is still very early in any of these discussions, and that any talks are "extremely preliminary."