Deion Branch WR IND 7 Months

Colts signed WRs Deion Branch and Josh Lenz.

Branch had been on the street, while UDFA Lenz was on Indianapolis' practice squad. Branch has a big name, but his signing has more to do with depth than sudden postseason impact. 34 years old, Branch hasn't played a football snap since last January's Patriots playoff loss to the Ravens.

Deion Branch WR IND 7 Months

Free agent WR Deion Branch worked out for the Colts.

It's the first we've heard the 34-year-old's name in half a year. Branch has little to nothing left in the tank and wouldn't be anything more than the No. 5 receiver in Indianapolis. RB Shaun Draughn also worked out for Indy.

Deion Branch WR IND Jul 16 '131 Comment

ESPN Boston considers the Patriots more likely to re-sign free agent Deion Branch than free agent Brandon Lloyd.

Although Lloyd has more left in the tank and is a better fit for the X spot in the offense, he rubbed a lot of people inside the locker room the wrong way. The Patriots appear to have almost no interest in bringing him back. They aren't likely to call upon Branch either, unless Michael Jenkins, Aaron Dobson, Josh Boyce and Julian Edelman all flame out at camp.

Deion Branch WR IND Apr 28 '13

Free agent Deion Branch is unlikely to be re-signed by the Patriots after the team drafted two receivers this weekend.

Branch, 34 in July, caught 16 passes for 145 yards in ten games for the Patriots last season, and he may be nearing the end of the road. New England hopes second-round pick Aaron Dobson and fourth-rounder Josh Boyce can stabilize its receiving corps where they won't need Branch's phone number as insurance any longer.

Deion Branch WR IND Jan 20 '13

Deion Branch caught two passes for 15 yards in New England's AFC title game loss to the Ravens.

They were Branch's only two grabs of New England's two game playoff run. Shuttled between the street and New England's 53-man roster this season, Branch posted just 16 catches for 145 yards in 10 games. Six months shy of his 34th birthday, Branch won't be more than a back-up option for the Patriots in 2013.

Deion Branch WR IND Dec 17 '12

Deion Branch caught four passes for 37 yards in New England's Week 15 loss to the 49ers.

Branch was targeted five times in a game where Tom Brady attempted an astounding 65 passes, but wasn't any bigger part of the offense than he was before his relief. Even in New England's prolific offense, there's no fantasy value here.

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The Boston Globe confirms the Patriots will re-sign WR Deion Branch to replace the injured Donte' Stallworth.

That was quick. The Pats had released Branch twice since August because he struggles to separate from cornerbacks at age 33. On the positive side, he's schooled in Josh McDaniels' offense and has complete trust from Tom Brady. Branch will likely jump right into the third receiver role, though he is without fantasy value down the stretch.

Deion Branch WR IND Nov 17 '12

Patriots waived WR Deion Branch.

Branch was among the Patriots' final cuts coming out of the preseason but was later re-signed prior to Week 3. The 33-year-old caught just nine passes for 80 yards in seven games of spot work. Branch could be nearing the end of a solid career in which he was part of two Super Bowl championships along with being the Super Bowl MVP in 2004. New England also waived DB Malcolm Williams to make room for CB Aqib Talib and WR Greg Salas. Branch was listed on the Week 11 injury report with a hamstring injury which led to his release.

Deion Branch WR IND Sep 24 '12

Deion Branch caught two passes for 11 yards in the Patriots' Week 3 loss to the Ravens on Sunday Night Football.

Re-signed five days ago, Branch drew three targets. Although Tom Brady is surely happy to have Branch back as an underneath security blanket, he's out of sight, out of mind in fantasy leagues.

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Patriots re-signed WR Deion Branch.