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09:28 PM ET 11.17 | Deion Branch's second stint with the Patriots has ended, according Comcast Sport Net New England's Tom Curran. The Patriots announced today that the 11-year veteran wide receiver would be let go, part of a series of moves to add CB Aqib Talib and WR Greg Salas to the roster. Cornerback Malcolm Williams was also let go as part of the move. Branch spent his first four NFL seasons in New England as one of Tom Brady's favorite targets, and was the MVP of Super Bowl XXXIX. Following the 2005 season, Branch was part of a controversial holdout and trade that saw him land in Seattle. After an injury-plagued stay with the Seahawks, Branch was traded back to the Patriots early in the 2010 season. The veteran had only nine catches for 80 yards at the time of his release. Talib, a former first-round pick, was acquired by that Patriots in a trade with Tampa Bay.

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November 17, 2012  10:36 PM ET

Aqib Talib and Greg Salas had better be worth it.

November 18, 2012  05:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Aqib Talib and Greg Salas had better be worth it.

The chances are very high for probably NOT!

November 18, 2012  11:57 AM ET

9 catches for 80 yards in half a season shouldn't be too hard for Salas to replace. The Pats D needs help and Talib is likely better than Williams.

 
November 18, 2012  11:07 PM ET

Pats 59 Colts 24. Looks like the new acquisitions have had a positive effect on just about everybody.

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