The New England Patriots have re-acquired Deion Branch from the Seattle Seahawks for a 2011 fourth-round draft pick.
After trading Randy Moss to the Minnesota Vikings a week ago, the addition of Branch gives Tom Brady and the Patriots a familiar security blanket to rely upon for the remainder of the season.
Branch told reporters last week that he would welcome a return back to New England and would be pleased with the opportunity of re-uniting with Brady and Bill Belichick.
Branch now has his chance.
A member of the Patriots from 2002 to 2005, Branch was named the MVP of Super Bowl XXXIX after catching 11 passes for 133 yards. Luckily for Branch, the New England offense is pretty similar to one he played with during his four season’s in Foxborough, which means his transition to the playbook should hinder him from playing in Sunday’s game with the Ravens.
New England nearly traded for Branch in the off-season– with the new regime of Pete Carroll in Seattle signaling the inevitable end of Branch’s tenure in the Northwest.
Now, he’s back in the Northeast as No. 83 will look to help fill Moss’ void and give the Patriots a down field threat, with a little more experience than second-year man Brandon Tate.