Branch returning to Pats with one-year deal

Wide receiver Deion Branch has agreed to a one-year deal to return to the Patriots, according to a league source.

Branch confirmed the move on his Twitter page, writing, “It’s truly an honor and a blessing to be back with #Patriots next year. Can’t wait to get back in the swing of things.”

Branch began his career with the Patriots in 2002 and established himself as one of QB Tom Brady‘s go-to receivers before leaving for Seattle in free agency.

Branch returned in 2010, via trade and has been a reliable starter ever since.

He started 15 games for the Patriots last season, recording 51 catches for 702 yards and five touchdowns.

Branch will be part of a deep Patriots receiving corp, bolstered in recent days by the signings of Brandon Lloyd, Anthony Gonzalez and Donte Stallworth.

— Albert Breer

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