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Chance of Branch waning?

Posted by Albert Breer  April 17, 2010 05:46 PM

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The issue here has always been Branch's 2010 base salary of $5.47 million.

But there's no cap, Paul Allen still owns the Seahawks -- giving Carroll, GM John Schneider and Co. some measure of financial freedom -- and this receiver figures to play a pretty big role, which could go a long way to justifying the expense.

“Knowing his past and history as a playmaker, we have to go to him. He’s just too well equipped," Carroll said. “He’s in great shape, he’s worked out hard and performed beautifully in this camp as a first step. He showed that all of those thoughts we had about him coming in are legit. It’s really hard to evaluate a guy when he’s been banged up.

“You can have these expectations, but he can’t meet ‘em because he’s not right. He’s right now and hopefully we’ll get him healthy throughout the season and away we go with it.”

So for now, the Branch Watch is out, and the Patriots will have to look elsewhere to supplement their receiving corps.
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