While John Schneider has done his best to quash the Deion Branch rumors, Neon Deion is doing everything in his power to get his name in the news. The most recent story comes from the Boston Herald, where Branch was asked if he would like to reunite with Tom Brady:
That would be the best. I still talk to Tom to this day, And the crazy part is, you never lose that relationship with guys, especially when you do something special, which is what we did in my first four years in New England. I still talk with half of the team. To this day, I still talk with half of the guys that were on the team with me. It's a special bond. For us to reunite, I don't know. I would probably be crying at the press conference, if it happens.
Now, that's a little melodramatic, but still, it's an interesting point. I'm sure Deion Branch would love to return to New England, and unlike some things Branch has said in the past, I don't think he was being disingenuous or rude; he closed with:
Look, I've enjoyed my time with the Seahawks. I would love to stay in Seattle. But if it happens, if it presents itself, that would be great."
Honesty is not a crime, but I'm having trouble seeing his angle here. Is Branch trying to increase his trade value, or limit his trade partners to Chicago and New England (and whichever team he mentions next time)? I would imagine his agent is crafting these moves at least to some degree, but whatever the case, the Deion Branch Situation is almost certainly to be one of the more interesting storylines of the Seahawks offseason. Stay tuned!