**first off, it's too bad I can't edit the title as I now realize I butchered the English language I've been reading through some of the many Deion Branch posts and something that has come up with some regularity is the notion that the Patriots could/should franchise Deion next season (as long as he remains with us this year of course). This has come up as sort of the Patriots' way of 'screwing him over'. Can someone explain to me how that would be a bad thing for Deion. Sure, I get the fact that he would not be a 'free' agent in that a team that wishes to sign him away would need to give up a first round pick for him, BUT (correct me if I am wrong) wouldn't being franchised also mean that Deion would get paid the average salary of the top five players at his position? Would we really want Deion Branch on our books while being paid in the same category as Marvin Harrison, Torry Holt, Terrell Owens, Randy Moss, Steve Smith, and Hines Ward?