Deion Branch has been traded to the New England Patriots for a 4th round pick. Eric Williams of The News Tribune is reporting that the 4th round pick that Seattle is to receive from New England will be the BETTER of its two current picks: New England’s natural 4th round pick, and Denver’s 4th round pick (received in the Lawrence Maroney trade). Looks like we now have a legitimate reason to root against the Donkeys, just like last year. Not that Seahawks fans really need a reason.
In a manner of speaking, this made Marshawn Lynch essentially free, at worst costing Seattle its 2012 5th round pick (and let’s hope it’s a 5th; that would mean he played WELL for the Seahawks).
While watching the Monday Night Football game, between cramming hot wings into my face and guzzling Miller High Life, I saw the official report of the trade. I was overjoyed. A 4th round pick! Boy did we fleece those Patriots! I mean hell: Marshawn Lynch, a 24 year old running back that ran for over 1000 yards his first two seasons, fetched a 4th! This is great!
This was a necessary move to recoup draft capital for next year’s draft; the Seahawks were without 3rd and 4th round picks. Now, the Seahawks are simply without a 3rd round pick. But in the short term, our receiving corps lost a finally-healthy, talented veteran and key depth. Seattle is now not only depending on Brandon Stokely, Mike Williams, Golden Tate, Deon Butler and Ben Obamanu to play well, but to stay healthy. Branch wasn’t a part of the Seahawks’ future, being 31 years old, but he did make us better in the short run. Tate is likely the guy that’ll take Deion’s reps. Tate is no Branch, not yet. His route running is sloppy, and he’s still getting up to speed with the pace of the NFL.
It’s time to shine Golden. We’re counting on you.