Our man Frank Hughes offers an interesting take on wide receiver Deion Branch and his future with the Seattle Seahawks. In today's story, Hughes compares Branch's situation with what Seattle faced with Shaun Alexander a few years ago.
Branch will earn $5 million if he returns next season, and the Seahawks will have to decide if it's worth their while production-wise to bring Branch back. Several of you have expressed your reservations about keeping Branch around because he's been injury prone the last couple seasons.
The question is a fair one. But one of the advantages in keeping Branch around, with the caveat that he stays healthy, is you keep a guy here that knows the system and who Hasselbeck feels comfortable throwing the ball to.
However, I do think Seattle needs to either draft or bring in a free agent to give them another playmaker on the outside to add to the mix with Nate Burleson and Bobby Engram, should they decide to resign him.
What are your thoughts on Branch and the wide receiver situation? Does Seattle need new blood, or has 2008 been an aberration with the injuries, and you expect the Seahawks will rebound at that position next year? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section.
Just a couple links this morning before I head out to practice. I'll have more this afternoon, along with a report from Renton.
Matt Hasselbeck returns to practice on Thursday and should be ready to go on Sunday, Gregg Bell of the Associated Press reports.
Josh Wilson's play catches up to his talk, Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald reports.
More Wilson: Losing is a new situation for some Seahawks, like linebacker Lofa Tatapu, who hasn't suffered through a losing season since his Pop Warner days when he was seven years old.
An interesting look by Sports Illustrated's Jim Trotter at the best receiving duos in the league ever.
New York Times reporter Greg Bishop, formerly a reporter with the Seattle Times, delves into the miserable state that is the Seattle sports scene.