One week after trading Randy Moss back to Minnesota, the New England Patriots re-acquired wide receiver Deion Branch from the Seattle Seahawks, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
The Patriots sent the Seahawks a 2011 fourth-round draft pick for Branch, who is expected to be in Foxboro, Mass., on Tuesday to begin preparations for Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens, the sources said.
Branch grew close to quarterback Tom Brady during their time together in New England and the two remained friends after the Patriots traded Branch to Seattle for a first-round draft pick before the 2006 season after a contract dispute.
This has been rumored for at least a week, but a fourth is a bit of a surprise compared to the third they got for Randy Moss. It remains to be seen what kind of role Branch will have and how it will affect popular pickup Brandon Tate. Branch is worth a flier in 12+ team leagues, but isn't someone you will be able to count on for at least a couple of weeks, and even then is probably a WR3 at best.
For the Seahawks, this opens the door for more snaps for Golden Tate and Deon Butler.