Pats give holdout WR Branch permission to seek trade

Updated: August 25, 2006, 6:15 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

The New England Patriots on Friday granted holdout wide receiver Deion Branch permission to seek out potential trade suitors and to negotiate a contract with another club.

In a simple, two-sentence release delivered on Friday afternoon to the media and to Branch and agent Jason Chayut, the Patriots essentially confirmed that contract negotiations with the four-year veteran are at an impasse and that the two sides might have to seek an alternative resolution to their differences.

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