Less than a week away from playing New England on Saturday night, the Indianapolis Colts signed a player that Patriot-nation likes to call their own.
Wide receiver Deion Branch, a two-time Super Bowl winner and Super Bowl XXXIX MVP, and the Colts agreed to terms of a contract on Monday afternoon. Branch, a twelve-year veteran entering the 2013 season, has not played a single down for a team during this season. However Branch has been working out in Carmel (he lives in the Indianapolis-area), and after being brought in for workouts throughout the season, the Colts found themselves with open spots on the roster when defensive end Fili Moala and cornerback Greg Toler were placed on injured reserve.
Branch has made quite the career for himself in the National Football League. Playing for both the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks, Branch holds career totals of 518 receptions, 6,644 yards, and 39 touchdowns. Head Coach Chuck Pagano says he believes that with Branch’s experience in the league, he should be able to fit quite nicely into the Colts-system very quickly.
“We figure the questions would come up that we are signing this guy who has spent time in New England,” said Pagano. “Is it coincidence, or are we signing a guy to help us win a football game and help your team? Every decision we make is what’s best for the team and what gives us the best chance to win. We just think we got one heck of a football player.”
In other Colts roster moves, wide receiver Josh Lenz was elevated from the practice squad to the active roster.