One receiver is gone, but another may be interested in a return to the Patriots.
Deion Branch, who played in New England from 2002-05, and was named MVP of Super Bowl XXXIX, was to meet with Seahawks general manager John Schneider about his future with the team, according to a league source. The Patriots traded Branch to Seattle in 2006 for a first-round draft pick, but Branch has struggled to fit in and has been hampered by knee injuries.
This season, he has 13 catches for 112 yards and one touchdown, but is part of a deep receiving corps, including the recently signed Brandon Stokley. Last season, Branch had 45 receptions for 437 yards and two touchdowns in 14 games, the most he has played since his first season in Seattle.
The source added that Tom Brady, knowing that the trade of Randy Moss was in the works, has been in touch with Branch frequently over the last week or so, talking to him about coming back to the Patriots.
As recently as this year, Branch has said he would return to New England if the opportunity presented itself.