NFL Trade Rumor: What Should the Seahawks Do With Deion Branch?

Zachary HabnerCorrespondent IFebruary 17, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - OCTOBER 04:  Deion Branch #83 of the the Seattle Seahawks is pictured during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 4, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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He came to Seattle after being named a Super Bowl MVP and is considered one of the best slot receivers in football.

Now after three years of mediocre seasons in the Pacific Northwest, the question remains: Do the Seahawks still have room for Deion Branch?

Perhaps the biggest miss in the Tim Ruskell era (excluding Hutch-gate), Deion Branch has worn out his welcome as the 12th Man with the inconsistent health, poor play, and a cocky attitude.

Branch has stated before that he intends on staying a Seahawk next season, but now reports surface that he wants to sign with the Chicago Bears. This should have peaked the Seahawks front office interest to a possible Branch trade.

Right now, Branch has more value to the Seahawks than anyone else with the exception of New England. While a trade back to Foxboro could be on the horizon, the Seahawks would be wise playing their cards close to the vest.

Building a market for Branch is key here. With his $5.4 million salary, he isn't a hot commodity, but the Seahawks could shop him around for draft picks to teams in desperate need of a wideout.

Here's some possible trades.

Trade Deion Branch to New England for 2010 third round pick

The Seahawks do not have a pick in the third round for this year's draft. Although New England is not known for giving up their draft picks like the Raiders, this trade benefits both sides.

The Seahawks get a pick they can realistically turn into a starter, and the Patriots get a slot receiver who knows Tom Brady and can replace Wes Welker.

However, the problem isn't New England's reluctance to give up draft picks; it's Branch's value. A third round might be too high a pick for the former Louisville Cardinal wideout.


Trade Deion Brach to Chicago for a 2010 fourth round pick

He wants to be a Bear, so let him go. This could give Cutler at least someone else to throw to, who has the same jersey that he does.

The Seahawks can use this to find a gem OL or maybe a CB. Let's see how Pete Carroll can evaluate late-round talent.

Trade Deion Branch and 40th pick to Denver for Brandon Marshall

No way do you give the Broncos one of your first round picks, especially since they have no other team offering a first round pick. Instead, give them Branch (who would be used to Josh McDaniels' style of coaching) and our 40th pick and we can actually get a wide receiver who can be a playmaker.

Trade Deion Branch to Baltimore for a 2010 third or fourth round pick

No one seems to realize that the Ravens are still in desperate need of wide receivers. They need more than one.

Rumor has it they may go after Marshall, Anquan Boldin, or Terrell Owens this offseason. Why not give them another option by letting Branch go to Baltimore?

Both teams win here.

The Seahawks get rid of Branch to another AFC team and get some pick compensation. Meanwhile, the Ravens can focus on getting Boldin out of Arizona (another bonus to the Seahawks) and have a No. 3 option in Branch behind Derrick Mason.

Any one of these trades could happen. The key is to building the market for an underachieving WR.