Having said that, a quick look at Branch's numbers both in NE and in SEA show some very surprising information:
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Team Years Catches Yards YPC TDs
Patriots 02-05 213 2744 12.88 14
Seahawks 06-10 190 2347 12.35 15
From this is would appear that the only thing holding Branch back has been the injuries and the last two years of bad Seahawks play. It's possible that he might end up being pretty good for the Patriots. But Patriots fans' eyes will collectively roll if/when Branch is injured again. This guy is too brittle for normal use.
From what I've read of Seahawks fans who have watched him play, he's actually improved since leaving the Patriots; they say he's a better blocker than he used to be, for example.
The 'Hawks received the maximum that the Patriots could pay for him in draft picks, because anything more would have equated to a straight up trade equivalent of "Moss for Branch" which would just make the Patriots' front office look very bad. It works out in the wash to more of a "Maroney for Branch" trade, which the Pats would have jumped on.
I think this is a great move for the Pats offense. Nobody straight up replaces Moss, but this allows the Pats to play to their overall strength, high percentage plays. Many of Brady's bad plays have been trying to force the ball to Moss to keep him satisfied. Now he can focus on the open receiver, without worrying about placating the receiving legend's ego.
Fantasy-wise, Branch should get his share of the ball without making anyone else irrelevant.