There is nothing new to report on Deion Branch and his contract negotiations with the Patriots, but the time is approaching when it might become a front-burner issue. Branch, who has one year to run on his rookie deal, said last month that ??my job is to finish my (current) contract.? His agent, Jason Chayut, refused comment last week. ??There are only about three or four teams where Branch wouldn?t be a No. 1,? one industry source said, refuting the notion that Branch is too small to excel. ??Is (Carolina?s) Steve Smith (5-9, 185) not a No. 1? Is (Washington?s) Santana Moss (5-10, 185) not a No. 1? Of course they are, so that?s not really the argument.?
Branch Contract Issue Will Soon Be Key Issue