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Deion Branch might return as soon as Week 2, but it won't be with the Patriots.

 

New England traded the disgruntled wide receiver to the Seattle Seahawks for a 2007 first-round draft pick on Monday, ESPN.com's Michael A. Smith has confirmed.

 

The Seahawks, along with the New York Jets, had fashioned a contract agreement with Branch before the season, agreeing to a six-year, $39 million deal that would have paid him $13 million in combined bonuses and about $23 million in the first three years of the contract. Neither team, however, could satisfy the demands of the Patriots, who were seeking first- and middle-round choices as compensation at the time, and the deadline set by New England passed without a trade.

 

Wide receiver Darrell Jackson, arguably the Seahawks' best receiver, has twice in the past year undergone surgery to his left knee. After missing 10 games in 2005, his durability has come into question. Jackson will return to the field on Monday, but he hasn't practiced since last February, in preparation for Super Bowl XL, and coach Mike Holmgren acknowledged the team will have to "be smart" in easing him back into action.

 

In addition, tight end Jerramy Stevens will probably miss the first month of the season because of a torn meniscus in his left knee. Stevens is an often-inconsistent pass-catcher, as evidenced in the Super Bowl, but he does provide Seattle with a big presence in the middle of the field. Wide receiver Nate Burleson, signed as a free agent in the spring, is still assimilating the offense, and is more of a deep threat who may not be the best fit in a West Coast-style passing game. Always-reliable wide receiver Bobby Engram, forced to play outside in 2005 because of injuries, is far more effective working out of the slot.

 

Branch, whose obvious displeasure with his current New England contract has not overshadowed the fact that he is regarded as a solid locker room presence and hard worker, could be the prescription for what ails the Seahawks' passing game right now.

 

 

 

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2583149

 

Good deal for the 'Hawks, as they need to go balls to the wall for a title right now before Alexander breaks down.

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seattle isn't planning on picking early - his production is what you would expect from a guy picked in the 25-32 range for that position

 

this is also a good move for the future - engram is in a contract year and jackson has had some injury concerns

 

the WR group of the future could be burleson, branch and DJ hackett - with room to add 1 more very good player in there

 

they also picked up willie ponder to help with STs

 

now they just need to stay healthy and get the OL to gel again

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Assuming the Seahawks have a really good season, this might be worth it, but a 1st rounder for a guy that has yet to have a 1000 yard season is really something. Good job by the Pats front office. The Pats offense this year will be quite an adventure though.

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Seahawks drastically overpaid. Not only did they have to give up a 1st rounder, but they are now going to have to pay a man who most likely will be their #2 WR when Jackson is healthy. That's a hefty price for a guy who has never had more than 1,000-yards to 5 TDs in a single season. That 1st rounder could have been very helpful, even late next year, as this coming draft should be stacked at the WR position potentially with players like Jeff Samardzija, Calvin Johnson, Dwayne Jarrett, Ted Ginn, Andre Caldwell, Sidney Rice, Rhema McKnight etc...

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Seahawks drastically overpaid. Not only did they have to give up a 1st rounder, but they are now going to have to pay a man who most likely will be their #2 WR when Jackson is healthy. That's a hefty price for a guy who has never had more than 1,000-yards to 5 TDs in a single season. That 1st rounder could have been very helpful, even late next year, as this coming draft should be stacked at the WR position potentially with players like Jeff Samardzija, Calvin Johnson, Dwayne Jarrett, Ted Ginn, Andre Caldwell, Sidney Rice, Rhema McKnight etc...

 

 

The Seahawks can't wait 'til next year their window is closing and they know they need to make their move NOW. Shaun only has so much tred on his tires, Hasselback isn't exactly the youngest guy anymore, Holmgren is getting long in the tooth and this team for the most part is the same as last year, and they were kind of good last year.

 

Branch is worth a 28-30 pick and the Seahawks hope that is what it turns out to be. He is a better bet than any of the college WRs because he has been in the pros and people know what can be expected of him.

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Seahawks drastically overpaid. Not only did they have to give up a 1st rounder, but they are now going to have to pay a man who most likely will be their #2 WR when Jackson is healthy. That's a hefty price for a guy who has never had more than 1,000-yards to 5 TDs in a single season. That 1st rounder could have been very helpful, even late next year, as this coming draft should be stacked at the WR position potentially with players like Jeff Samardzija, Calvin Johnson, Dwayne Jarrett, Ted Ginn, Andre Caldwell, Sidney Rice, Rhema McKnight etc...

 

 

The Seahawks can't wait 'til next year their window is closing and they know they need to make their move NOW. Shaun only has so much tred on his tires, Hasselback isn't exactly the youngest guy anymore, Holmgren is getting long in the tooth and this team for the most part is the same as last year, and they were kind of good last year.

 

Branch is worth a 28-30 pick and the Seahawks hope that is what it turns out to be. He is a better bet than any of the college WRs because he has been in the pros and people know what can be expected of him.

 

I really doubt that the difference between a SB and failure this year for the 'Hawks will be the acquisition of Dieon Branch. Didn't they just grossly overpay for Burleson as well?

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Seahawks drastically overpaid. Not only did they have to give up a 1st rounder, but they are now going to have to pay a man who most likely will be their #2 WR when Jackson is healthy. That's a hefty price for a guy who has never had more than 1,000-yards to 5 TDs in a single season. That 1st rounder could have been very helpful, even late next year, as this coming draft should be stacked at the WR position potentially with players like Jeff Samardzija, Calvin Johnson, Dwayne Jarrett, Ted Ginn, Andre Caldwell, Sidney Rice, Rhema McKnight etc...

 

 

The Seahawks can't wait 'til next year their window is closing and they know they need to make their move NOW. Shaun only has so much tred on his tires, Hasselback isn't exactly the youngest guy anymore, Holmgren is getting long in the tooth and this team for the most part is the same as last year, and they were kind of good last year.

 

Branch is worth a 28-30 pick and the Seahawks hope that is what it turns out to be. He is a better bet than any of the college WRs because he has been in the pros and people know what can be expected of him.

 

 

I really doubt that the difference between a SB and failure this year for the 'Hawks will be the acquisition of Dieon Branch. Didn't they just grossly overpay for Burleson as well?

 

On the surface it would seem like they overpaid Burleson 7 years $49 Million, but it is a heavily backloaded contract and out of $49 million only $5.25 million is all that is promised to Nate. He will never make it out of year 4 of this contract before it is restructed. It boils down to probably being a 4 year $14 million dollar contract which is about $3 million a year which isn't much.

 

And the Seahawks aren't trying to get much better than they were last year they were right there. They are just trying not to decline. They now have the best passing attack in the game with their set of WRs so it will be real hard for teams to stack the line with 8 in the box when they run out Jackson, Burleson and Branch every down.

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On the surface it would seem like they overpaid Burleson 7 years $49 Million, but it is a heavily backloaded contract and out of $49 million only $5.25 million is all that is promised to Nate. He will never make it out of year 4 of this contract before it is restructed. It boils down to probably being a 4 year $14 million dollar contract which is about $3 million a year which isn't much.

 

And the Seahawks aren't trying to get much better than they were last year they were right there. They are just trying not to decline. They now have the best passing attack in the game with their set of WRs so it will be real hard for teams to stack the line with 8 in the box when they run out Jackson, Burleson and Branch every down.

 

 

The Seahawks also had to give up a 3rd round pick to the Vikings for Burleson, and Burleson's cap figure is not very small either, which is more important than the actual contract. The fact that he is now a 3rd receiver means he is grossly overpaid anyway you look at it. In essence, they have now paid a 1st and 3rd for Branch and Burleson. They gave up more for Branch than the Dolphins did for Culpepper, how is that for market value?

 

P.S. I think the Cardinals with Fitzgerald, Boldin and Bryant Johnson, as well as the Bengals with Chad, TJ and Henry and the Colts with Wayne, Harrison and Stokely all easily have better passing attacks and there are a few more teams that can make a claim they are better than the Seahawks in that department as well.

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The Seahawks also had to give up a 3rd round pick to the Vikings for Burleson, and Burleson's cap figure is not very small either, which is more important than the actual contract.

 

 

The contract counts between $2.05 million and $4.05 million against the salary cap over the first four years. Those are relatively modest cap charges for a starting receiver, particularly one the Seahawks expect to turn short passes into long gains.

 

Until you learn and know what you are talking about I will not carry on a conversation with you.

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The Seahawks also had to give up a 3rd round pick to the Vikings for Burleson, and Burleson's cap figure is not very small either, which is more important than the actual contract.

 

 

The contract counts between $2.05 million and $4.05 million against the salary cap over the first four years. Those are relatively modest cap charges for a starting receiver, particularly one the Seahawks expect to turn short passes into long gains.

 

Until you learn and know what you are talking about I will not carry on a conversation with you.

 

 

 

If you think between 2-4 million is a small amount for a 3rd receiver, especially one they had to give up a 3rd round pick for and has proven jack over his career, you are nuts. By the way, I love how you ignore the rest of the post and then make that comment at the end. Why don't you just waive the white flag while you're at it.

 

P.S. I'm sure the NFL is just shaking in terror at the sight of the Seahawks WRs. You know the one where you proclaimed them to be the best in the NFL, where they are now paying all 3 of their WRs starters money. Forget their gimpy #1 WR with a knee injury, those stud #2 and 3 WRs will dominate, they are AMAZING! Burleson has averaged a spectacular 596 yards and 4 TDs a season for his career (how did he do without Moss by his side?), while the great Deion Branch has averaged a whopping 686 yards and 3.5 TDs per year. But yeah, I think NFL DBs are just shaking looking at those amazing statlines. Definitely worthy of big contracts and a 1st and 3rd round pick! :lol :lol :lol

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The Seahawks also had to give up a 3rd round pick to the Vikings for Burleson, and Burleson's cap figure is not very small either, which is more important than the actual contract.

 

 

The contract counts between $2.05 million and $4.05 million against the salary cap over the first four years. Those are relatively modest cap charges for a starting receiver, particularly one the Seahawks expect to turn short passes into long gains.

 

Until you learn and know what you are talking about I will not carry on a conversation with you.

 

 

 

If you think between 2-4 million is a small amount for a 3rd receiver, especially one they had to give up a 3rd round pick for and has proven jack over his career, you are nuts. By the way, I love how you ignore the rest of the post and then make that comment at the end. Why don't you just waive the white flag while you're at it.

 

I don't see what the correlation between what they traded for him and what he is worth it you are trying to make. Usually the higher the pick you trade for the guy the more he is going to make because that means he is a better player.

 

He just turned 25 years old. In his only full season he proved to be valuable catching and returning kicks. By the time he is entering his prime he will be costing the Seahawks 4 million dollars. I guess we could just judge him on his injury plagued year.

 

And you want to talk about the rest of your post? Okay.

 

Minnesota wanted to get rid of Daunte, Daunte wanted out of Minnesota. I would think you would like this deal from the Minnesota's point of view since it clears up that all important cap space, throwing it onto the Dolphins. Daunte also now has a bionic knee and baggage Branch has neither.

 

And as far as who has the best WR corps that is up for debate.

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this adds another dynamic and helps insure against jacksons knee and engrams age

 

last year jackson missed 10 games with injury and engram 4

 

seattle may not put up the most passing yards, but they definitely balance out the offense - can take pressure of alexander and move the ball - it's a very efficient attack and branch fits into that

 

seattle was tied for 5th in passing TDs last year and hasselbeck had the highest rated december ever - put this on top of alexander outscoring some teams it helps

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