Per the Miami Herald, the Miami Dolphins “passed on” working out former New England Patriots receiver Deion Branch, which, for some, is a sign that we don’t even need to place “former” in Branch’s title when referencing him. I mean, his locker is still in place, he wants to rejoin the team, the Pats want him back, and it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world to have a solid, veteran receiver.
What bothers me is that some fans (not Pats fans, just fans in general) are using the Dolphins unwillingness to work out Branch as a sign that Branch is washed up. Well, anyone who saw him play against the Philadelphia Eagles and put forth a solid training camp (you know, Pats fans) knows that this isn’t the case. Of course Branch isn’t nearly as good as he used to be, but he’s still a capable receiver.
In the end, the Dolphins likely looked at Branch and decided that they want Jabar Gaffney or Donte’ Stallworth more. Gaffney because they have more of a need for a veteran receiver and Stallworth because of the reports that have been saying that the ‘Fins are interested in him.
As I said yesterday, I think the Dolphins should sign Gaffney because of the need for a veteran possession receiver and the fact that there is no room for him to re-sign with the Patriots (something he wants to do as well).
In the end, I guess the Dolphins realized that it isn’t worth working out Branch anyway since he will likely be heading back to the Pats and would rather play for Tom Brady than a QB who doesn’t know about what division teams play in (sorry, mandatory Ryan Tannehill diss).
So what do you guys think? In fact, give me a percentage of how likely it is for Branch to rejoin the Pats? Over/under on 80%?
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