Report: Pats Trying to Trade for Deion Branch

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    FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 1: Deion Branch #83 of the New England Patriots celebrates a touchdown catch against the Miami Dolphins during the first quarter at Gillette Stadium January 1, 2006 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

    Can your heart, soul, and tender sensibilities endure being rocked by yet another New England Patriots blockbuster wide receiver trade this week? Because that's what might be cooking.

    Tom Curran of Comcast Sportsnet reports that, "The Patriots may be working a deal to get Deion Branch back in town."

    Hmmmm. Maybe Bill Belichick did know what he was doing when he traded Randy Moss for a third-round pick.

    Seahawks beat writer Danny O'Neil hears the same, and writes in the Seattle Times, "With the trade of Randy Moss, the Patriots' continuing affection for Branch and Seattle's current situation at wide receiver and its desire to recoup some of the draft ammunition it has traded away, there is a certain amount of logic in the deal."

    Branch, you'll recall, played for the Patriots from 2002 to 2005. He was the MVP of Super Bowl XXXIX, and certainly no slouch in the Super Bowl XXXVIII win over Carolina.

    Tom Brady wants this deal done like he wants a 2011 model Audi. "Knowing Moss trade was coming, Brady has been lobbying him over last week," the Boston Globe'sShalise Manza Young tweets. "(Seattle coach Pete) Carroll reluctant to let him go."

    It's a stretch to say that bringing back Deion Branch would replace the void left by Moss. Moss had 83 receptions last season, Branch had about half as many. Branch looks a little washed-up.

    Then again, Randy Moss looked a little washed-up in 2007 when the Patriots got him for a fourth-round pick.

    Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who thinks it would be a real shame if Brett Favre and Randy Moss' first week together was somehow disrupted by an off-field sex scandal.