Tom Brady reportedly reaching out to Deion Branch, Brandon Lloyd to gauge interest in Pats
|09.22.13 at 11:34 am ET|
FOXBORO — Apparently Tom Brady really wants help at the wide receiver position.
The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Michael Silver are reporting that the star quarterback has reached out via text and old-fashioned phone calls to see if either Deion Branch or Brandon Lloyd might be interested in coming back to New England and contribute to the passing game. Rapoport reports that Branch, 34, is in Kentucky and willing to come back while Lloyd’s interest is unknown.
After a first stint in New England that included a Super Bowl XXXIX MVP, Branch came back to the Patriots on Oct. 11, 2010 in a trade for a fourth-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. He took over for Randy Moss, who was dealt to the Vikings.
In his first game back with the Patriots, Branch had 9 receptions for 98 yards and a touchdown in an overtime win over the Ravens. On Thanksgiving, against the Detroit Lions, Branch had a career long 79-yard touchdown catch from Brady in the third quarter, and added a 22-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter in a Patriots win. Two weeks later, against the Chicago Bears, Branch caught a 59-yard touchdown pass from Brady at the end of the first half of a Patriots victory.
In 11 games (nine starts) with the Patriots in 2010, Branch had 48 receptions for 706 yards and five touchdowns. In 2011, Branch had five touchdown receptions and 702 receiving yards. He became a free agent after the season and re-signed on March 22, 2012. Branch was released by the Patriots on Aug. 31, 2012 during final cuts. On Sept. 18, 2012, the Patriots re-signed Branch. On Nov. 17, 2012, The Patriots waived Branch to make room for practice squad receiver Greg Salas. On Dec. 11, 2012 the Patriots re-signed Branch due to injuries to Julian Edelman and Donte Stallworth.
On March 17, 2012, Lloyd, 32, signed a three-year deal with the Patriots for $20 million with incentives to escalate it to $26.5 million. This deal reunited Lloyd with Josh McDaniels, his coach in Denver and offensive coordinator with the Rams. Lloyd finished his only season in New England with 74 catches for 911 yards and four touchdowns. He was released by the Patriots on March 16.
What @MikeSilver & I are reporting: Tom Brady himself has been calling & texting Deion Branch and Brandon Lloyd, gauging their availability
‘ Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 22, 2013