Deion Branch is headed back to New England after the Patriots agreed to trade a fourth round pick to Seattle for the wide receiver. According to multiple reports, Branch will return to the place where it all began for former Super Bowl MVP.
New England made the deal less than a week after sending disgruntled wide receiver Randy Moss to the Minnesota Vikings for a third round pick.
The Patriots originally acquired Branch after selecting him in the second round (65th overall) of the 2002 NFL draft. He spent four seasons in New England before being traded to the Seattle Seahawks on September 11, 2006 after a lengthy contract dispute. The Patriots sent Branch to Seattle for a first round pick, which was later used to select safety Brandon Meriweather.
Branch started 42 of the 56 games he played in for New England, recording 213 catches for 2,744 yards and 14 TDs. In Seattle, Branch started 37 of 51 games, recording 190 receptions for 2,347 yards and 15 TDs.
When the trade is officially consummated, the Patriots receiving corps will welcome Branch to the group consisting of Wes Welker, Julian Edelman, Brandon Tate, Taylor Price and Matt Slater. With Moss playing on Monday night for the Vikings, Branch should see playing time almost immediately among the youngsters.
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