Patriots bring Branch back from Seattle

A short while ago, I posted a piece outlining the possibility of a deal between New England and Seattle involving wide receiver Deion Branch, with the thought that a trade could potentially take place at some point tomorrow at the earliest.

That time line has gone right out the window, as the Patriots have reportedly acquired Branch from the Seahawks for a fourth round pick in next year’s draft, reuniting him with his former quarterback Tom Brady in the process.

Branch hasn’t done much on the stat sheet this season, hauling in just 13 receptions for 112 yards and one touchdown, but he should prove to be a more dangerous option in the pass heavy attack that New England employs.

His deep threat ability alone was seemingly enough to warrant a trade to bring him back, especially after the Patriots jettisoned their top playmaker at the position in Randy Moss last week.

Brady had lobbied the team fairly hard over the weekend to make a move for Branch, and it seems that his pleas did not fall on deaf ears. We’ll see if he was warranted in his desire to get back together with Branch as the season progresses, but for the price they paid, any production they get will be a positive.

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