Surprise, surprise. After writing how Deion Branch returning to the New England Patriots makes sense for both sides, the two parties have come to an agreement according to the Boston Globe. This is one of the many moves the Patriots have made toward their personnel since Aaron Hernandez went down with an ankle injury that will have him sidelined for the next six weeks.
It came as a shock to many when the Patriots cut Deion Branch during the preseason to get their roster down to 55 players and showed the team was bent on using tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez as the focal points of their offense, but now it looks as if Josh McDaniels and the coaching staff are going back to the drawing board.
This will be Branch’s third stint on the team. Drafted 65th overall in the 2002 NFL draft, Deion was a key part of the three teams that brought Super Bowl’s to Foxboro. In the 2004 Super Bowl, Branch had 10 receptions for 143 yards and a touchdown which won him the MVP of the Super Bowl
After disputes over his contract, Branch was then traded to the Seattle Seahawks were his production increased over the next four years.
He was then traded back to the Patriots in 2010 where he helped the team return to the Super Bowl the next year.
Branch is highly familiar with the offense and was one of Tom Brady‘s favorite targets last season so he will be able to step in immediately and partake in the role that Hernandez’s injury now leaves void. Expect Branch to play in this Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens.