If you’re getting tired of Pete Carroll and John Schneider playing roster roulette, you can take solace in the fact that things might settle down a bit a week from Tuesday.
Oct. 19 is the trade deadline—the time by which the Seahawks have to trade wide receiver Deion Branch if they are going to trade him.
It sounds like there is interest on all sides for a deal to be made, with the Hawks and Patriots reportedly having already spoken and New England quarterback Tom Brady reportedly having talked to Branch about it.
Branch made clear his desire to return to New England when he told the Boston Herald earlier this year, “I never wanted to leave, nor did coach [Bill] Belichick and his staff and the organization want me to leave either. We just couldn’t get the contractual part down. We just couldn’t come to an agreement. And that stuff happens...I still love Coach Belichick and if the opportunity presents itself to come back, I would love to be there.”
Of course, any trade hinges on two things: compensation to the Seahawks and to Branch. The receiver is making $5.47 million in the fifth year of the six-year, $39 million deal he signed with Seattle after the Seahawks sent the Patriots a first-round pick in September 2006.
The Patriots surely would not want to pay that much to a guy who has barely earned a penny of the $29 million he has been paid so far. He has about $3.86 million left on this year’s salary, and the Patriots probably would want him to slash that, along with his $5.95 million salary in 2011.
On top of that of course, the Seahawks and Patriots would need to agree on draft compensation. Considering his lack of production in Seattle, Branch isn’t worth anything more than a sixth-round pick.
If the Hawks do end up dealing Branch, it will become the 13th trade executed by Carroll and Schneider since they took over.
The first deal they made was to send Seneca Wallace to Cleveland, and the most recent was the acquisition of Marshawn Lynch from Buffalo.
As the Seahawks take a break this week, let’s take a look at how those trades have worked out so far.