Pardon me if someone already posted this thought, but I keep reading about the Patriots trading Branch for a second, third or fourth round pick, and I cannot see it. Maybe a high second, but remember if we trade him, there is no compensatory pick from the league. If we keep him, and he goes FA, then with the contract he likely to get, we are pretty much guaranteed a third rounder, are we not? So why trade him for a fourth when the league will give us a third? Why trade for a third when we can have his services for at least seven games (and playoffs) and still get the third? Why trade him for a second? Well, I guess you could, especially a high second, but wouldn't it be worth having him for the stretch run and playoffs when the price is getting a third rather than a second? A first round pick I understand.