Adding an established veteran familiar with the organization would make more sense than taking a chance on an unknown quantity. The Patriots hold an extra choice in each of the first four rounds of the 2011 draft, so they certainly have ample currency to get a deal done.
The Seattle Seahawks need 2011 draft choices after trading away multiple picks, including choices in the third and fourth rounds. They are carrying six receivers on their roster, a relatively high number, after adding Brandon Stokley as a specialist from the slot. The team already has players suited for the slot, notably former Patriots receiver Deion Branch.
Connecting the dots is easily done.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady lamented Branch's acrimonious departure as the 2006 season was entering Week 2. Enough time has passed so that hard feelings from Branch's contract dispute with New England have long since subsided. Branch is 31 years old and playing for a Seattle team seeking youth and draft choices. Seattle needed Branch too much to consider parting with him earlier in the offseason, but with other players emerging -- Golden Tate, Deon Butler, Mike Williams, Stokley and Ben Obomanu have had their moments -- the team is in better position to make a move.
Adding Branch would make sense for the Patriots because they're in better position to contend this season even though New England has gotten significantly younger this season. The Seahawks' have had one of the NFL's 10 oldest rosters this season despite making massive changes. This team is going to get younger.
Thoughts? By the way, the Patriots have scheduled a news conference for 11:40 a.m. ET. Related? Stay tuned.
Update: Belichick discussed the Randy Moss trade.