Deion Branch Restructures Deal With Patriots In 2011

After days of speculation, the Patriots have found what their replacement for Randy Moss, and it's a familiar face: Deion Branch is head back to New England in exchange for a fourth-round pick.

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Deion Branch Restructures Contract, Agrees To Less Money In 2011

Deion Branch restructured his contract on Wednesday, agreeing to take less money to, as he put it, "always be around champions."

"I think it was just more so something that I was dealing with; it's nothing bad at all," Branch said today. "I just always wanted to be around champions. It's always good to have that feeling and to know what you're surrounded with."

With the adjustments, Branch now stands to make a base salary of $2.2 million -- down from $5.95 million -- in 2011,his final year of a six-year deal. Incentives, however, could have Branch earning as much as $4 million. 

The number is now closer to Wes Welker's base salary of $2.15 million in 2011. 

Branch said it's just part of what it took to get him back in New England

"Sometimes it is, it's hard to say," Branch said. "For me, personally, yeah. ... That's part of the agreement we worked out. Both parties sat down and we got something done that we both feel satisfied with."

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Deion Branch Officially A Member Of The New England Patriots, Again

Deion Branch is officially back with the New England Patriots, the team announced early Tuesday afternoon. In exchange for the wide receiver, the team sent an "undisclosed draft pick" to Seattle, though it is widely reported to be a fourth-round pick in 2011. 

To make room for Branch, the Patriots placed Nick Kaczur on the injured reserve list with a back injury. 

Rumors of the Patriots reacquiring Branch began late last week, after the team had shipped Randy Moss back to the Vikings

Branch passed his physical Tuesday morning, and is expected to practice with the team today. 

For more on the addition of Branch, visit Pats Pulpit

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Deion Branch's Agent: 'He’s Excited As Can Be'

While the country was watching Randy Moss play his first game since leaving the Patriots, his old team was busy working on a deal to bring in his replacement: New England traded to reacquire Deion Branch Monday night, sending a fourth-round pick to Seattle in return (whichever of the Patriots' two fourth-rounders is highest). 

According to the Globe's Shalise Manza Young, the deal will become official Tuesday, assuming Branch passes his physical. His agent told the AP that Branch is "excited as can be."

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Deion Branch Reportedly Traded To Patriots For Fourth-Round Pick

The Patriots have found what they hope will be the replacement for Randy Moss, and it's a familiar face: Deion Branch is headed back to New England after the Patriots reached a trade with the Seattle Seahawks for a fourth-round pick, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The deal comes just a few days after rumors began to fly that New England had its eye on Branch following their trade of Randy Moss to the Vikings, and on the same day that Branch was held out of Seattle's practice due to a "personal day." 

In four games with Seattle this season, Branch has 13 receptions for 112 yards and a touchdown. The Seahawks are coming off their bye week -- the same as the Patriots, conveniently enough.

Branch spent the first four seasons of his career with New England (he was drafted by the Patriots in the second round of the 2002 Draft) before being traded to the Seahawks in 2006. He was a key member of the teams that won Super Bowl XXXVIII and XXXIX. 

It's worth noting that Branch hasn't played a full season since his last year with the Patriots (2005-06 -- the only time in his career he's played 16 games), and his yards-per-catch average is a career-low 8.6. 

For more on this trade, visit Pats Pulpit

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Tom Brady Has Reportedly 'Been Lobbying' For Deion Branch

Knowing about the pending Randy Moss trade, Tom Brady apparently started making a case for Deion Branch as his replacement last week, according to the Globe's Shalise Manza Young.

On Branch: knowing Moss trade was coming, Brady has been lobbying him over last week; P. Carroll reluctant to let him go

It'd make sense that head coach Pete Carroll is "reluctant to let him go." Losing Branch would leave Seattle with a WR group of second-year guy Deon Butler, disappointing pro Mike Williams (the USC one) and Ben Obomanu, he of the career-high 12 catches. 

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