Clearly the Deion Branch Saga is a huge distraction for a team preparing for its home opener. Within the next 24 hours the Patriots will announce they have come to terms with Deion and his agent on a new 4 year extension. It will come in somewhere above the patriots previous best offer and below what teh Seahawks and Jets were offering this makes too much sense for all parties involved for it not to happen....why? It is face saving on so many levels 1) It will make BB/SP look good... flexible willing to adjust to new data ( the Seahwaks and Jets offers), do not harbor grudges, shows good faith to the rest of the team 2) Removes a HUGE distraction before the first game and pulls the whole team closer together 3) Avoids a nasty negative all too public airing of grievences with a lot of negative publicity for Patriots front office staff 4) Makes Brache's agent Chayut look good...partial face saving deal for him which will allow hime to attract new clents 5) Gets rid of all the negative publicity for DB very quickly 6) Saves a potential nasty fight between NFL PA and Patriots with unknown consequences 7) Reestablishes the right of the Patriots to decide value on their own players. 8) Trade to either Seahawks or Jets will be very bad for patriots because: It will reinforce the image of the patriots as being unreasonably cheap and it is EXtremely unlikey that they will get equal value back. Bottom line is, both parties have aready figured out that this can not be allowed to fester and must and will get done by tomorrow. It is simply good business.