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Branch reunited with Brady in New England

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Written by: NFL Gridiron Gab columnist Devon Heinen

Less than a week after the New England Patriots traded away a current big-time wide receiver, the team is bringing in a former Super Bowl Most Valuable Player at the same position.

According to the Twitter account of ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Patriots and the Seahawks have agreed to a deal that will send wide receiver Deion Branch to New England.  Seattle will receive a fourth-round pick in return.

Last week the Patriots shipped Randy Moss to the Minnesota Vikings for a third rounder.

Branch returns to New England after he was sent to Seattle in 2006 for a first-round draft choice.  In five years with the Seahawks, Branch played in 51 games, recording 190 catches, 2,347 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns.  His best season in the Emerald City came in his first year, as he started 13 of the 14 games he played and hauled in 53 balls for 725 yards and four scores.  That season, he also rushed four times for 30 yards.

Prior to joining Seattle, the 5-foot-9, 195-pound receiver was named the MVP of Super Bowl XXXIX, a 24-21 New England victory over Philadelphia.

The move by Seattle comes a week after acquiring running back Marshawn Lynch from the Buffalo Bills for a fourth-round selection.

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