—If the Patriots couldn’t be in the news more that they have already been; think again, they’re back to business—
The Boston Globe has recently reported that Tom Brady has been exchanging words with former Patriots WR Deion Branch. A potential return to New England may not be all that far-fetched, actually, it could happen relatively soon from what I’m reading. As for the Jackson-Mankins rumors, not as much:
From the sources of KFFL.com: The Patriots have had formal introductory sessions with the San Diego Chargers about a move that would ship WR Vincent Jackson to the team for disgruntled OG Logan Mankins, according to NFL.com. Mankins is currently sitting out for a big-time long-term deal that would make him one of the highest paid offensive linemen in the game. New England is dangling around with proposals that could move the guard because it obviously doesn’t look like he’s going to sign anytime soon, if at all.
Jackson, if acquired, would have to sit out three games. Despite the small talk and chatter, Mankins’ agent shot down the possibility because of the neither player has yet to ink a new deal. The San Diego Union-Tribune is also announcing that in all likelihood, the trade is still “highly unlikely”. San Diego is searching and seeking for a package that would involve both a 1st and a 2nd round draft choice for Vincent.
Preposterous. Maybe the accompanying club could include a All-Pro caliber LB to replace Shawne Merriman, who is being shopped on the block for next to nothing. This is getting beyond ridiculous. In all seriousness, who does the Chargers GM A.J. Smith think he is? Honestly, there could not be a worse general manager in pro sports at this moment, could there be? I could name a few, but that’s it.
As for the Patriots situation, Deion Branch would be a perfect fit, a welcomed acquisition. You better believe the former Super Bowl XXXIX MVP has some game left. We may find soon enough in New England the way Deion is speaking:
“That’d be interesting to see,” Branch said. “You know what, I talk to guys all the time. 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.”
How is this not going to take place? As I type, Brady to Branch “the Remix” seems closer and closer.