The Patriots made the acquisition of wide receiver Deion Branch official, announcing that the trade with the Seahawks had been completed in exchange for an undisclosed draft choice, reportedly the better of the team's two fourth-round picks in the 2011 draft. In order to free a roster spot for Branch, the Patriots placed tackle Nick Kaczur on injured reserve with a back injury.

 

In WEEI.com's Week 6 NFL Power Rankings, the Patriots remained in the No. 6 spot after the trades that shipped Randy Moss to the Vikings and that reunited Deion Branch with the team that drafted him. The Bears and Giants took leaps up the chart, while the Saints are out of the top five for the first time in more than a year. For the complete Power Rankings, click here.

During his weekly appearance with the Dennis & Callahan Show, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said the report by CBS NFL analyst Charley Casserly that the QB had a heated confrontation with Randy Moss prior to the trade of the wide receiver wasn't accurate.

 

Randy Moss met with the media following the Vikings' 29-20 loss to the Jets on Monday night. Moss, who caught four passes for 81 yards and a TD in his first game since the trade from the Patriots, was asked about the report from CBS pregame analyst Charley Casserly that he and Tom Brady had a locker-room altercation a week before the trade.

 

"Tom sent me a text today," said Moss. "Tom, I know you're watching, buddy. I appreciate the text. Sorry we didn't bring it home buddy, but I appreciate the text." 

 

One man's account of the start of the Favre/Moss era AND the start of a new-found respect for ESPN. OK, maybe just the start of the Favre/Moss era.

9:15 p.m.: And after a 45-minute weather delay we have a kickoff. Good thing, because the announce crew was getting a little loopy trying to kill time. Look at this exchange at 8:56 p.m.:



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The Patriots have acquired wide receiver Deion Branch for a fourth-round draft pick in 2011. ESPN's Adam Schefter was first to report the deal. 

Branch, who was a second-round pick of the Patriots in 2002 out of Louisville, spent the first four years of his career with New England and developed a tight bond with quarterback Tom Brady. He had 213 catches in four seasons in New England, and finished Super Bowl XXXIX with 11 catches to take home MVP honors in the Patriots’ win over Philadelphia.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichcik joined the Big Show on Monday to discuss the coming game against the Ravens, his team's efforts to elicit turnovers from opponents and the quick integration by running back Danny Woodhead into the offensive blueprint. He also discussed further the decision to trade wide receiver Randy Moss to the Vikings. 

 

Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather joined the Dale & Holley show Monday to talk about the bye week and the team's upcoming game against the Ravens. Meriweather said that it was business as usual with the Randy Moss trade and that he had not heard anything about an alleged altercation between Moss and Tom Brady.

 

"It was a team decision, and that was the decision they made," Meriweather said of the trade. "I really didn't have anything to think about. It is what it is."

 

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said the team won’t alter its approach to game-planning because Randy Moss is no longer around.

In a Monday afternoon conference call with reporters, Belichick said that even though Moss has been traded to Minnesota, “I think we’ll still be using the same playbook.”

Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork checked in with the Dale & Holley show as he does every week as part of WEEI's Patriots Monday. Wilfork called Moss a "great teammate," adding: "[Everybody in] the locker room loved him. There aren't too many people that don't like him."

 

As for why Moss was traded, Wilfork said: "Classic case of business being business. Sometimes you forget about the business part of it. But that's all it was about."