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NFL Breaking News: New England Patriots Bring Back Former WR Deion Branch

JACKSONVILLE, FL - FEBRUARY 6:  Wide receiver Deion Branch #83 of the New England Patriots looks for room to run after a reception against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. Branch won the MVP award as the Patriots defeated the Eagles 24-21. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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deleteth accounethCorrespondent IIIOctober 12, 2010

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the New England Patriots have sent a fourth-round draft pick in the 2011 draft to Seattle in exchange for 31-year-old wide receiver Deion Branch.

Branch was with the New England Patriots from 2002-2005, where he was part of two Super Bowl-winning teams. Branch won the Super Bowl XXXIX MVP after catching 11 balls for 133 yards in a 24-21 defeat of the Philadelphia Eagles.

The move comes after the high profile mid-season trade of superstar wide receiver Randy Moss to the Minnesota Vikings. After the trade, rumors swirled that Branch could find his way back to New England.

During his four seasons with the team, Branch appeared in 53 games, hauling in 213 balls for 2744 yards and 14 TDs.

Branch will provide much-needed experience to the Patriots wide receiving core, who possessed no legitimate down field threat after Moss was moved. Familiarity with the New England system and with quarterback Tom Brady, combined with the extra week of practice the Pats have due to their bye week, should significantly lessen any learning curve that the change of scenery would provide.

In four games so far this season with the Seattle Seahawks, Branch has 13 receptions for 112 yards and one touchdown.

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