(NEW YORK) — Tom Brady is getting back one of his most reliable targets he’s had during his career. The New England Patriots have reached an agreement to bring back wide receiver Deion Branch.
Branch was cut by the team on August 31 when the team made their final roster cuts.
The cutting of Branch was a surprise move by the team. Over the course of his ten-year career, Branch had spent over five seasons with the team. He was a major part of the team’s three Super Bowl Championships in the 2000’s. He was also the MVP of Super Bowl 43.
Part of why the team brought Branch back was because of the loss of tight end Aaron Hernandez to an ankle injury. Hernandez is expected to miss up to a month, so while Brady loses one of his favorite pass catchers, he gets back a proven player he has great chemistry with.
Last season with the Patriots, the 33-year old caught 51 passes for 702 yards and five touchdowns.
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN