Remember when Branch's agent said he would have reported and played under his current contract if the Patriots would have promised NOT to put the franchise tag on him. Of course, they wouldn't do that for somebody already under contract, but I got to thinking, would we have put the franchise tag on him? Should that really have been a concern for his agent. The franchise amount for 2007 on a wide receiver is $7.6 million. I don't think there is any way Branch would have been franchised. On the other hand, would the Patriots record have been any different if he were here? I doubt that as well.