Deion Branch has been reunited with the New England Patriots.
A source with knowledge of the deal confirmed Branch's return to the Patriots to NFL.com and NFL Network on Tuesday.
With Aaron Hernandez likely on the shelf well into October, Branch should slide directly into a Patriots offensive game plan he knows well. The wide receiver has long been a security blanket for Tom Brady.
Branch has played six of his 11 NFL seasons in New England, with a four-plus season stint with the Seattle Seahawks in between. In 2011, Branch started 15 games, finishing with 51 receptions for 702 yards and five touchdowns.
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