Branch was orginally drafted by the patriots in 2002 in the 2nd Round out of Louisville, and was the MVP of Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005 when the New England Patriots defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 24 – 21. He was later traded to the Seahawks in 2006 for a first round draft pick. The Patroits used this pick to draft S Brandon Meriweather from Miami. After the trade Branch signed a 6 year 39 million dollar contract with the seahawks.
However he never was truly heathy here in Seattle and hardly productive. In 2007 he missed five games because of a foot injury. He then tore ligaments in his knee in a playoff loss in Green Bay in 2008. He then missed three games in the 2008 season recovering from the surgery. And finally he suffered a heel injury that sidelined him another five games.
I feel the Seahawks made an excellent move here. It’s true they don’t really have a whole lot of proven talent at reciever, but they have a whole lot of potental. They have Deon Butler who they drafted in the 3rd round last year out of Penn State, and they also have Golden Tate who they are extremely high on. The seahawks drafted Tate in the 2nd Round of this years daft out of Notre Dame. So far these two players haven’t had opportunities to play. Last year the seahawks had T.J. Houshmanzadeh who they let before the start of the season and now plays for Baltimore, and Branch. So because of this Butler hardly got any playing time, and since the seahawks let Housmanzadeh go for salary reasons Butler has seen his playing time increase. Tate however has seen a little playing time this year and has taken every advantage of it with 8 catches for 115 yards.
So us here in Seattle are extremely excited about these two players. Hopefully Head Coach Pete Carroll can find different ways to utilize them more in the offense. Tate give’s us the play making reciever threat that we haven’t had here since the departure of Joey Galloway in 2000 when they traded him to the Dallas Cowboys for two first round draft picks in 2000 and 2001. The Seahawks used those picks to select Shaun Alexander and Koren Robinson. Also with the addition of Brandon Stokely it gives us a verteren posession reciever.
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Written by Tyler Niemi