Maybe this is a stupid question, but if 2 teams quickly reached agreement with Branch on a contract, why don't the Pats use that agreement to reach agreement as well? I understand that they shouldn't have to, and it's like Blackmail, and it sets a bad precedent, and he's not a free agent yet... but once they allowed him to seek a deal, they allowed him to publicly show what he's worth, and let's think about this situation and the alternative... if they stick to their guns, on principle, I think it has become a case of cutting off their noses to spite their faces. In other words, at this point, they need to choose their best outcome. Right now, they are negotiating a deal to Seattle for maybe a 1st round picks and a middle round pick. OK. That's an acceptable ending. But not a really good one for the Patriots, is it? I mean - why is Seattle willing to do that? Because they have major talent issues at wide receiver, want to be successful, and know Branch is very very good. Well, where will the Patriots be if they make that deal? The same boat as the Seahawks - they will have major talent issues at wide receiver, they want to be successful, and they know Branch is very very good - especially in their system and especially working with Brady. so starting out, the pats were right, and shouldn't have given in, but now that they're in danger of the seahawks taking him for theirs, wouldn't it make more sense to give him the money the seahawks are willing to? otherwise you'll have some draft picks yeah, but you'll have just lost your 2 best receivers, and that will have seriously hurt your team's chances for success. yes, they would then go out and get some help, but do we really think they would be able to be at the same level as if they had branch? I think we're using wishful thinking if we try to reason we would be. They let branch test the market and the market has spoken. their best move now would be to swallow their pride, and say, fine, we'll match their offer, here's the 5 or 6 year deal they gave you, now rejoin the team and let's win this thing. I know your all disgusted with deion and don't even wantg him back at this point. and I know you don't want to cave in in these dealings because others will see that outcome. but I think things really changed once the pats allowed him to publicly seek on offer. they sort of altered their position and now their next best move and any messages sent has also changed in my opinion. I'm guessing the deal will seattle may happen now. but I'm saying it isn't reallt what their best move is anymore.