Certainly the deadline was picked for a specific reason, nothing much BB does would seem to be arbitrary. So did the Pats pick 9/1 to give themselves 48hrs to nail down a trade with another team before the roster cut down is imposed? Are the Pats at this very moment not only talking to Seattle about Branch but to other teams so the Pats can be certain they will have a solid WR in here regardless of how the Branch situation is resolved? This scenario fits BB's "what's best for team" modus operandi. Suddenly adding a significant veteran WR to the squad would swing some leverage back to the Patriots and make Branch's extended absence more paletable for the fans (and of course the angry media). I bet it would also make Branch more likely to return to the team sooner than later if he senses that his playing time will not automatically be reinstated to him if he holds out until November.